10:30 AM to 11:45 AM TR
Section Information for Spring 2021
Book List, with the four novels’ original dates of publication.
Goethe, 1809. Elective Affinities (Oxford Classics, 978-0199555369).
Stendhal, 1839. The Charterhouse of Parma (Modern Library, 978-0679783183).
Flaubert, 1856. Madame Bovary (Oxford Classics, 978-0199535651).
Tolstoy, 1873-77. Anna Karenina (Penguin, 978-0143035008).
Course Description: ENGH 360 focuses on four landmarks of world fiction from nineteenth-century France, Germany, and Russia, to be read in recent translations. Many novelists and readers have singled out Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina and Flaubert’s Madame Bovary as the very best novels ever written. Goethe’s Elective Affinities and Stendhal’s The Charterhouse of Parma, though not as famous internationally, do stand out for special strengths of their own.
This online course aims to enhance your understanding and appreciation for these classics, in readings averaging between 100 and 150 pages per week. The weekly modules will consist of short presentations on various topics by the instructor; discussion questions, interpretation exercises, and/or journals on the readings; an “ask the instructor” forum; and occasional “end-of-novel” reflective pieces. Students will also write a course paper. The Tolstoy and Flaubert modules are designed to give a rough sense of how their novels first appeared in serialized form over periods, respectively, of three years or three months.
ENGH 360 DL1 is a distance education section.