Listed in: English, as ENGL-01
Dale E. Peterson (Section 04)
This course explores the particular pleasures and interpretive problems of reading (and writing about) very long works--books so vast that any sure sense of the relation between individual part and mammoth whole may seem to elude the reader who becomes lost in a colossal imaginative world. How do we gauge, and engage with, works of disproportionate scale and encyclopedic ambition? How do we find our bearings within huge texts and who or what is our guide? In spring 2011 we shall read three fictional representations of entire societies undergoing massive transformation: Leo Tolstoy's epic account of Russia in the age of Napoleon, War and Peace; John Dos Passos' modernist "documentary fiction," 1919; and Roberto Bolano's postmodern panoramic novel, 2666.
Preference given to first-year students and sophomores. Limited to 15 students. Spring semester. Professor Peterson.
If Overenrolled: If more than 15 students pre-register, preference will be given to first-year students.