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Spring 2017-2018
COM 416 / ECS 416 / ENG 430 / GSS 416 (LA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Class, Desire, and the Novel

Barry J. McCrea

Literary plots involving social and erotic ambition, examined in novels from the seventeenth century to the present, as well as in films and other genres. Topics include: social climbing and descent; the marriage plot and queer alternatives to it; ambition and longing as narrative engines; the family and social order; criminals, outlaws, and rivals to the family; social class and selfhood; the relationship between gender, sexuality, and narrative structure.

Sample reading list:
Balzac, Père Goriot
Highsmith, The Talented Mr. Ripley
Abdellatif Kechiche (director), La Vie d'Adèle (Blue is the Warmest Color)
Umberto Saba, Ernesto
Céline Sciamma (director), Bande de filles (Girlhood)
Anonymous, Lazarillo de Tormes

Reading/Writing assignments:
For undergrads: Two papers, one at midterm (5-7pp), one at end of semester (10-12pp). For grad students: EITHER one final paper (20-30pp) OR conference-style presentation of 15 minutes. For all students: one in-class presentation; weekly response on the online forum.

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 25%
Paper in lieu of Final - 40%
Oral Presentation(s) - 20%
Class/Precept Participation - 15%

Other Requirements:
Open to Juniors, Seniors, and Graduate Students Only.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
43378 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm M   East Pyne Building   127   Enrolled:6 Limit:18