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EN201 The European Novel

This module will next be offered in 2018-19. Reading list for Term 1 to remain identical. Reading List for Term 2 will undergo minor changes (to be announced before the summer). Scheduling times and venues to be confirmed.

This is one of two Pathway Requirements for the World and Comparative Literature Pathway and one of the Distributional Requirements for the English Pathway. Can also be selected as an option under the remaining Pathways.


Seminars begin on week 2

2016/17 - seminars: Thursday 11:00 - 12:00 and 12:00 - 13:00 - Room G03 and Friday 13:00 - 14:00 Room H543.

Lectures on Wednesday 12.00-1.00pm (weeks 1 and 2 B2.02 (Chemistry and Science Concourse); all other weeks OC0.01)

Convenor: Paulo de Medeiros p dot de-medeiros at warwick dot ac dot uk; office hours: Wednesdays and Thursdays 11-12 (H526)

Tutor: Emanuelle Santos emanuelle dot santos at warwick dot ac dot uk; office hours: Thursdays 9-10 (H541)

The European Novel module seeks to provide an understanding of the novel form through the comparative study of works of European long fiction from the late 18th to the 20th century. It aims to explore key moments in the European history and geography of the form and the range of narrative possibilities and thematic concerns these encompass, focusing in particular on connections and differences of period, culture and nation; on the nature of narrative and the formal techniques and devices of narration; and on the issues raised by theories of narrative, comparativism, and the idea of modernity.

A note concerning editions: we don't usually prescribe specific editions for each novel, but it is advantageous to get a good scholarly copy. Oxford World’s Classics or Penguin Classics or Norton Critical Editions will provide you with excellent introductions and informative notes that will aid your understanding and enrich your reading. They are only a little pricier than some of the cheaper versions around, which you should avoid.

Happy reading!

2016-2017 syllabus:

Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe, The Sorrows of Young Werther (1774)

Jane Austen, Emma (1815)

Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary (1857)

Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment (1866)

Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina (1877)

Émile Zola, Germinal (1885)

Knut Hamsun, Hunger (1890)

Franz Kafka, The Trial (1925)

Virginia Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway (1925)

António Lobo Antunes, The Land at the End of the World (1979)

Assia Djebar, Algerian White (1996)

W. G. Sebald, Austerlitz (2001)

Marie NDiaye, Three Strong Women (2009)

Sofi Oksanen, When the Doves Disappeared (2013)