Sunday, March 03, 2013

Tales of Love and Sorrow

C LIT 188. Narrative StudiesTales of Love and Sorrow
(4) Camilo-Dos-Santos

TR 12:30-1:45pm
 Upper-division standing.
We will read short stories by renowned 19th-20th century American, Russian, French, New Zealand, Brazilian and Portuguese writers: Tolstoy, Chekhov, Gogol, Maupassant, Henry James, Katherine Mansfield, Eça de Queirós, Machado de Assis, and Dostoevski's Notes from Underground (Richard Pevear and Larissa Volkhonsky translation). 
Stories told by books are about men, women and their lives; they are also about each author’s personal experience of life and her/his world’s vision. But the material or tool of literature is language. The presentation and discussion of some fundamental concepts of narrative technique, starting with Aristotle, will help students to develop their awareness of the formal aspect of literature in order to better understand and explain the procedures at work in the transformation of the writer’s personal experience in literature.

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