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Postgraduate Course: Modern European Fiction (CLLC11029)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe course is designed to explore the specificities of important period in literary, cultural, and social history from a transnational (mainly European) point of view. It is intended to enable students to develop their capacity to analyse texts generally as well as from a more specifically comparatist perspective.
Course description
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Course Delivery Information
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Learning Outcomes
Students will consolidate their knowledge of an important period in literary history which they will be able to contextualise in relation to previous and subsequent periods as well as developments in other areas, be they social or cultural. They will be able to engage critically with concepts pertaining to time, space, subjectivity, and narrative innovation.
Reading List
Recommended Further Reading

Bradbury, Malcolm and James McFarlane eds, Modernism: A Guide to European
Literature 1890-1930. Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1976
Brooker, Peter, ed. Modernism/Postmodernism. London: Longman, 1992
Cohn, Dorrit, Transparent Minds: Narrative Modes for Presenting Consciousness in Fiction. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1978
Levenson, Michael, The Cambridge Companion to Modernism. CUP, 1999
Wilson, Edmund, Axel¿s Castle: A Study in the Imaginative Literature of 1870-1930. New York: Scribner¿s, 1931

On Proust
Beckett, Samuel, Proust. New York: Grove Press, 1931
Benjamin, Walter, ¿The Image of Proust¿, in Benjamin, Illuminations. London: Pimlicon, 1999, pp.197-210
Bowie, Malcolm, Proust, Jealousy, Knowledge, London: QMC, 1978
Deleuze, Gilles, Proust and Signs. London: Athlone Press, 2000
Genette, Gérard, Figures of Literary Discourse. Oxford: Blackwell, 1982
Minogue, Valerie. Proust: ¿Du côté de chez Swann¿. London: Edward Arnold, 1973
Poulet, Georges, L¿Espace proustien. Paris: Gallimard, 1963
Tadié, J.-Y., Proust et le roman. Paris: Gallimard, 1971

On Joyce
Attridge, Derek, and Daniel Ferrer. Post-Structuralist Joyce: Essays from the French.
CUP, 1984
---, ed., The Cambridge Companion to James Joyce. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1990
Richard Ellmann, The Consciousness of Joyce. Toronto: OUP, 1977
Gifford, Don, Ulysses Annotated, 2nd edn, Berkeley: University of California Press,
Kenner, Hugh, Ulysses. London: George Allen & Unwin, 1987
---, Joyce¿s Voices. London: Faber & Faber, 1978
Lawrence, Karen, The Odyssey of Style in ¿Ulysses¿. Princeton: Princeton University
Press, 1981

On Woolf
Abel, Elizabeth. ¿Narrative Structure(s) and Female Development: The Case of Mrs. Dalloway¿, in Rachel Bowlby ed., Virginia Woolf. London: Longman, 1992, pp. 77-101
Bennett, Joan. Virginia Woolf: Her Art as a Novelist. CUP, 1964
Goldman, Jane. The Feminist Aesthetics of Virginia Woolf. CUP, 1998
Guignet, Jean. Virginia Woolf and her Works. London: The Hogarth Press, 1965
Rosenthal, Michael. Virginia Woolf. London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1979
Woolf, Virginia, ¿Modern Fiction¿ and ¿Mr. Bennett and Mrs. Brown¿ in Virginia Woolf: Collected Essays. London: Hogarth Press, 1966, vols 1 and 2
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Additional Class Delivery Information The course will consist of ten two-hour sessions and will focus on the study of three key texts for the modernist movement and for the course of literary history more widely. An introductory first session will address some of the issues at stake and short extracts will be distributed in class. Three sessions will then be accorded to each work. Six key issues will be examined in a comparative analysis of the texts: time, space, narrative innovation, character, content, and the relationship to the other arts. Specific considerations will include: the role of memory and subjective time; representations of the city; the shattering of the self; and technical experimentation with interior monologue, collage and fragmentation. We will tackle the texts in chronological order of first publication dates. Please note that although Proust and Joyce¿s texts are long we will look only at book 1 of In Search of Lost Time and focus on chapters 1, 4, and 18 of Ulysses (each chapter corresponding to the point of view of one of the 3 main characters).
Course organiserDr Sarah Tribout-Joseph
Tel: (0131 6)50 3205
Course secretaryMiss Natalie Carthy
Tel: (0131 6)50 6536
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