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Literary Modernities in Europe and America: Text and Tradition

Comparative Literature 3050 - Spring 2020

The course examines the various facets of modernity in major works of European, Eurasian, and, sometimes, American literature from the early Seventeenth Century to the 1920s, starting with Don Quixote. We will explore, among other things, the eruption of the novel, the secularization of autobiography, the literary discovery of the city, the rise of literary and aesthetic criticism that takes literature and art seriously as political and social institutions. In addition to literary works, the course will engage with two or three important models of critical practice e.g. Wollstonecraft's Vindication of the Rights of Women, Marx's German Ideology, Freud's The Interpretation of Dreams, T.S. Eliot's Tradition and the Individual Talent, or perhaps that great work of fictionalized literary criticism, Borges' "Pierre Menard, Author of the Quixote."
Course Attributes: EN HBU HumAS HUMAS LCDFA HUMAR HUM

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Literary Modernities in Europe and America: Text and Tradition
INSTRUCTOR: Beals
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