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Reading the Novel

Listed in: English, as ENGL-250

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Geoffrey D. Sanborn (Section 01)


An introduction to the study of the novel, through the exploration of a variety of critical terms (plot, character, point of view, tone, realism, identification, genre fiction, the book) and methodologies (structuralist, Marxist, feminist, psychoanalytic).  We will draw on a selection of novels in English to illustrate and complicate those terms; possible authors include Jane Austen, Mary Shelley, Wilkie Collins, Henry James, Kazuo Ishiguro, Thomas Pynchon, Toni Morrison, John Edgar Wideman, Emma Donoghue, David Foster Wallace, Monique Truong, Jennifer Egan. Preference given to sophomores.  Limited to 35 students.  Fall semester:  Professor Frank.  Spring semester:  Professor Sanborn.

If Overenrolled: Preference given to sophomores.


2017-18: Offered in Fall 2017 and Spring 2018
Other years: Offered in Spring 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2015, Spring 2016, Spring 2017