Priscilla Meyer                                Russian 222                              Room 305 Fisk
 

                               The Double in Literature
 
 

Plato (B.C. 427-347)                                                  The Republic, Book VII* (by b.c. 387)

E.T.A. Hoffmann (1776-1822)                               "The Golden Flower Pot " (1814)

                                                                                                 "A New Year’s Eve Adventure " (1814)

Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875)       "The Shadow "*

                                                                 "The Little Mermaid"*
 
 

Mary Shelley  (1797-1851)                        Frankenstein (1817)
 
 

[James Hogg (1770-1835)                              "Strange Letter of a Lunatic " (1827)]
 
 

Nikolai Gogol (1809-1852)                                      "Nevsky Prospect " (1835)

                                                                                                  "The Nose " (1836)*
 
 

Edgar Allen Poe (1809-1849)                      "William Wilson " (1839)*
 
 

Fyodor Dostoevsky   (1821-1881)                        The Double (1845)
 
 

R.L.Stevenson  (1850-1894)                                     Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde (1886)
 

Oscar Wilde  (1854-1900)                           The Picture of Dorian Gray (1891)
 
 

[Anton Chekhov (1860-1904)                                   "The Black Monk " (1894)]
 

Gustav Meyrink (1868-1932)                     The Golem (1915)
 
 

[Joseph Conrad (1857-1924)                         "The Secret Sharer " (1924)]
 
 

Vladimir Nabokov (1899-1977)                         Despair (1936)
                                                                                                The Real Life of Sebastian Knight (1938)

Curtis Bernhardt (dir.)                                           A Stolen Life (film) (1946)

[Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986)                                "The Other "]
 
 

Vladimir Nabokov                                                     Lolita (1955)
 

Background Reading

F.W.J. von Schelling, The System of Transcendental Idealism (1800)* (1775-1854), Part six

Geoffrey Hartman,  "Romanticism and Anti-self-consciousness "* (1970)

Alfred Bem,  "The Nose and The Double "

Priscilla Meyer,  "Black and Violet Words: Despair and The Real Life of Sebastian Knight " (e-mail)
 

There will be three 4-page papers and a final project, as well as regular class work (presentations, close readings, short jottings)

*Buy the xerox packetat PIP Printers, 179 Main Street. Call first to order (860) 344-9001

[bracketed works will not be read this year]
 

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