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Spring 2017-2018
ENG 559   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Studies in the American Novel - Henry James and William Faulkner

Lee C. Mitchell

This course examines the careers of America's two most accomplished novelists. Manifest differences aside, both authors are obsessed with the ensnaring effects of plot, and imagine fictional realms that are as much "designs" on the reader as on their characters. Reading each author against the other, recurrent emphases become clear: on the language of perception and the relativism of perspective; on a Keatsian dialectic of chaotic vitality and lifeless aesthetic perfection; on the morality of art and the "ethics of readings"; on the costs of education: and preeminently, on the active role of the reader.

Sample reading list:
James, The Portrait of a Lady
Faulkner, As I Lay Dying
James, The Spoils of Poynton
Faulkner, The Sound and the Fury
James, The Ambassadors
Faulkner, Absalom, Absalom!
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Class report and final paper or examination.

Other (See Instructor) - 100%

Other Requirements:
Open to Graduate Students Only.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
42188 S01 09:00:00 am - 11:50:00 am Th   McCosh Hall   40   Enrolled:4 Limit:12