The European Novel texts for the next academic year (2013/14) appear below. Please note that as the reading for the module is fairly heavy, students are advised to read as many as possible during the summer vacation. Many students who take the module express regret that they did not do enough summer reading and often cite this as a factor that prevented them from fuller participation. It is imperative you read as much as you can prior to the beginning of the lecture and seminar programme. Don't worry about secondary material for now; just get the primary texts read. The course is roughly chronological - the list below is in that order.
Without wanting to sound overly prescriptive, one more point 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 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.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe, The Sorrows of Young Werther (1774)
Jane Austen, Emma (
Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary (1857)
Charles Dickens, Great Expectations (1861)
Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment (1866)
Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina (1877)
Émile Zola, Germinal (1885)
Knut Hamsun, Hunger (1890)
Pío Baroja, The Quest (1904)
Karin Michaëlis, The Dangerous Age (1910)
Dezsö Kosztolányi, Skylark (1924)
Halldór Laxness, The Atom Station (1948)
Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, The Leopard (1958)
António Lobo Antune, The Land at the End of the World (1979)