Fall 2005 Schedule

September

7     Introduction
       Read: Plato, The Republic, Book 7*
                    Atala/Rene

12    Atala/Rene: Idealism, Romanticism
       Read: Adolphe
14    Byronic heroes and autobiographical heroines
       Read: de Vigny, "The Red Seal"*
                Lermontov, A Hero of Our Time ,Chapters 1 and 2: "Bela" and "Maksim Maksimych"
         Write:  Points of contact and differences between de Vigny's and Lermontov's tales
                                                                                                   (outline form, 2 pages)

19     Plagiarism? Discussion of Lermontov's appropriations. Who is his narrator?
         Read: "L'Orco" and Hero, "Taman"
          Write:  Points of contact and differences between Sand's and Lermontov's tales
                                                                                                   (outline form, 2 pages)
21     From Venice to the Caucasus: angles of deformation.
         Read: Hero, "Princess Mary," "The Fatalist"
                  Hartman, "Romanticism and Anti-Selfconsciousness"*
          Write: Some aspect of Lermontov's purposes/achievements in writing Hero (2 pp)

26     Lermontov and French Romanticism
         Read: Pere Goriot (1/3)
28     Realism: The Maison Vauquer
         Read: Pere Goriot (1/3)        

October                                                          

3     Pere Goriot: motifs: pick one to trace orally in class
          Read: Pere Goriot (finish)
5     Materialism: medicine and phrenology; the psychology of poverty
         Read: Crime and Punishment, Part I  (note throughout: bells, yellow, water)

10     Pere Goriot: Supermen: Napoleon, Vautrin, Rastignac
          Read Crime and Punishment, Part II, III
12     Raskolnikov's duality: trace the voices
          Read: C and P, IV, half of V

17 Break

19      The Crystal Palace, Enlightened Self-Interest; Calculation
          Read: C and P, finish
          Write: what parallels can you find between Balzac's and Dostoevsky'scharacters? (outline)


24    The Epilogue. Sonya. How does Dostoevsky recast Balzac's material?
          Write: Paper #1Pere Goriot as source for Crime and Punishment: ONE aspect, character, or motif scene (use guidelines for subtext papers)

26       Exchange papers with peer reviewer in class (use guidelines for peer reviewing)
           Read: Madame Bovary, 1/4  (note blue, green, palm trees, ships)


31      Return reviewed paper to peer in class
           Emma's reading; the wedding cake
           Read: Madame Bovary, 1/4:compare the wedding cake to the description of Yonville (Part II, chapter 3)

November


2       PAPERS DUE IN CLASS
           Yonville
           Read: Madame Bovary,1/4


7        The scene at the Golden Lion; the scene at the fairground
           Read: Madame Bovary (finish)
           Prepare to discuss: Why does the novel end with Monsieur Homais?

        Homais
            Read Anna Karenina,  Part I


14       Stiva Oblonsky, Levin and the oysters
            Read: Anna, Part  II and III

16       The labyrinth of linkages: the sequence of chapters
            Read: Anna  Part IV
            Write: one pairing of chapters (1 page)


21       Railroads vs. horses; Moscow vs. Petersburg; city vs. country
            Read: Anna  Parts V, VI

23 Thanksgiving

28        Three marriages
             Read: Anna Parts VII, VIII
             Write: what parallels do you find between Madame Bovaryand Anna Karenina?                                                                                                              (outline form)
30        What does the epigraph mean? Who is to blame?
          WRITE: Paper #2: Madame Bovary as source for Anna Karenina:
                                              select one aspect/character/motif/scene
                                              use guidelines for subtext papers

December

5  Exchange papers with peers (use guidelines for peer reviewing)
             Anna and Emma: discuss your findings

7   Return reviewed paper to peers
             Tolstoy and Flaubert

12   PAPERS DUE IN CLASS
             Conclusions

* In the course packet

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