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Gordana Crnkovic
C LIT 570
Seattle Campus

The Novel: Theory and Practice

Study of the novel as a genre, examining two or more novels of varying national literatures. Course content varies.

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Literature and Love, East and West

Inspired by Mikhail Bakhtin’s claim that relations between people cannot be governed by general rules and theories, but only worked out differently in every specific situation with the help of what Bakhtin calls “literary wisdom," this course looks at the ways in which some well-known novels from both East and West create their own particular literary wisdom regarding the subject of love. Our readings include the following novels, a few of which shall be read only partially: James Baldwin’s , John Steinbeck’s and , Jane Austen’s , Kazuo Ishiguro’s , Meša Selimović’s , Yasunari Kawabata’s , Tonu Onnepalu’s and Dubravka Ugrešić’s . We will look into different “types" of love including the “romantic" one, agape (altruistic love), ludus (playful love), pragma (e.g., the love between a long-standing couple), storge (the love between people who have shared much), and mania (obsession, related to eros). Requirements: readings, participation in class, a term paper. Cross-listed with ENGL 550 A and SLAV 490 A.

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The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Gordana Crnkovic
Date: 02/21/2014