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Summer Reading

Here are the European Novel texts for the next academic year (2006/07). Please note that as the reading for the course is fairly heavy, students are advised to read as many novels as possible during the summer vacation. Many Euronovel students express regret that they did not do enough summer reading and often cite this as a factor that prevented them from fuller participation in the course. It is thus imperative you read as much as you can prior to the beginning of the lecture and seminar programme. Don't worry about secondary material, just get the primary stuff read. The course is chronological - the list below is in that order.

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 supplement 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!


Madame de La Fayette, La Princesse de Clèves

Fielding, Tom Jones

Sterne, Tristram Shandy (vols 1, 2 & closing chapter)

Goethe, The Sufferings of Young Werther

Austen, Emma

Stendhal, The Red and the Black

Dickens, Great Expectations

Flaubert, Madame Bovary

Eliot, Middlemarch

Tolstoy, Anna Karenina

Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment

Zola, Germinal

Woolf, Orlando