The European Novel texts for the next academic year (2008/09) appear below. Please note that as the reading for the course is fairly heavy, students are advised to read as many as possible during the summer vacation. Many students who have taken the course 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 texts read. The course is chronological - the list below is in that order.
Without wanting to sound too 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.
*Ulysses is the exception here. The prescribed edition is the Oxford World’s Classics edition 1922 text, edited by Jeri Johnson. This has an excellent introduction and guideline notes to each section, detailing its Homeric parallel as well as the key events, themes, characters, etc. Ulysses is an exciting and challenging reading experience. This edition will help you to fully engage with one of the most celebrated works in the novel genre.
Goethe, The Sufferings of Young Werther
James Hogg, The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner
Stendhal, Scarlet and Black
Charles Dickens, Great Expectations
Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary
Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina
Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment
Emile Zola, Germinal
Knut Hamsun, Hunger
Virginia Woolf, Orlando
James Joyce, Ulysses (1922 text)
Knut Hamsun, Hunger
Halldor Laxness, The Atom Station