An advanced seminar whose topic -a period, theme, or major author - changes term to term. Students are responsible for original criticism and research in the form of several short papers, oral presentations to the seminar, and a longer paper. Open to junior and senior English majors who have completed at least eight semester courses in English, including ENGL 204 Literary Study and one course at the 300 level; to graduate students concentrating in English; and to others with permission of the instructor and the Chair of the English Department.Topics for Spring 2013
The Novels of A. B. Yehoshua
Instructor: Dr. Bernard Horn
A. B. Yehoshua, Israel’s greatest living novelist, is a clear instance of the artist as citizen because he is also one of his country’s most audacious thinkers about politics, culture, religion, history, and identity. This seminar examines his fiction formally and in relation to his culture and to the world writers who most influenced him, Franz Kafka, William Faulkner, S. Y. Agnon, and Leo Tolstoy.
D.H. Lawrence and the Bloomsbury Group (evening)
Instructor: Dr. Margaret Storch
This seminar examines works by D. H. Lawrence, Virginia Woolf and E. M. Forster in the context of important themes of the early twentieth century: the impact of World War I on society, Modernism in the arts, and the evolution from the late Victorian world to the age of jazz and the movies. Readings include Forster, Howard’s End; Lawrence, Women in Love; and Woolf, To the Lighthouse.