Modern European Literature

Course Number: ENGL 184
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Catalog Course Entry: ENGL 184
Quarter: Summer B 2012
Day(s): MTWR
Time: 11:00 AM - 12:05 PM
Location: PHELP 1508

Can be applied to the English major's Foreign Language Requirement under Option 2, Area B as a "Foreign Literature in Translation" course. If used as such, it cannot also be applied toward the English major elective course requirements. This course provides students with a historical and cultural introduction to european modernism. From the French revolution in 1789 through the two world wars, the course charts major changes to the european continent stemming from industrial revolution, bourgeois capitalism and imperialist exploitation. Meeting these socioeconomic changes were a number of avant-garde literary movements such as Constructivism, Futurism, Imagism, Dada and Surrealism that challenged conventional techniques of representation and presented new models of artistic expression.

We will read european authors in English translation. Those who have a proficiency in a european language other than English will be encouraged to pursue original versions of texts and engage in questions of translation. Though the emphasis is on literature, we will also look at art, architecture and cinema to gain a broader sense of the cultural milieu of the period.

Texts for the course include:

The Immoralist (L’Immoraliste). André Gide
The Cherry Orchard (Вишнëвый сад). Anton Chekhov
Death in Venice (Der Tod in Venedig). Thomas Mann
Jacob’s Room. Virginia Woolf
Nadja. André Breton

Selections from Henrik Ibsen, James Joyce, Salvatore Quasimodo, Rainer Maria Rilke, Franz Kafka, Miguel de Unamuno and Italo Svevo.