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ENGL 9001 PhD Seminar: Desire in the Novel (Fall: 3 )

Course Description

Desire, for this course on the history of the novel, will lead to formal questions: the construction of plot, the creation of character and calibration of sympathy, the genre’s complex modalities of narration and perspective. Does the tradition offer a progressive elaboration of techniques for representing psychology or interiority? What possibilities does its mapping of social relations adumbrate for how such relations might change? Developing a critical vocabulary for the careful reading of fiction, and focusing especially on free indirect style (represented thought), we will move between a series of 18th- through 20th-century novels and theoretical accounts of the genre.

Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Kevin Ohi

Prerequisites: None

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Comments: Degree restricted

Last Updated: 24-Jun-17