Studies in the Novel

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3 sem. hrs.
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Fall of Even-Odd Years

Examination of the novel as a world genre, including such writers as Atwood, Dostoyevsky, Faulkner, Hesse, and Woolf. This course may be repeated once with a different subtitle. Prerequisite: Any college-level literature course.

The Byronic Hero in Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Century British Novels

The Byronic Hero is an iconic figure of nineteenth century literature throughout Europe. In this course, we’ll consider this figure by examining the male figure in a number of novels, considering particularly the allure of this figure. We’ll consider the ways this figure was sustained through literature and why he is often appealing, despite devastating the characters around him. Ultimately, we’re asking whether the Byronic Hero is a misunderstood soul or simply a jerk.

This course fulfills reading, writing and humanities general education requirements. Prerequisite: English 101 (now WRI 101).

Reading list for the course:
George Gordon, Lord Byron Manfred
Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
Emily Bronte, Wuthering Heights
Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre
Bram Stoker, Dracula
Thomas Hardy, Tess of the d’Urbervilles
Virginia Wolf, Orlando