C. Love In and Out of Marriage
Michal P. Ginsburg, Professor Emerita, French and Comparative Literature
In this course we will read English, French, and German novels of the 18th, 19th, and 20th century that center around love in and out of marriage. The comparative perspective will allow us to see how love, marriage, and the relation between are determined by socio-historical circumstances and are therefore different in different cultures. Our main focus would be social rather than psychological. We will also pay close attention to the way modes of representation and narration shape the meaning of the text and the way we read it.
Attached is the list of editions Professor Ginsburg recommends. If people have other editions, this should not be a problem because she puts her quotes on PowerPoint and will provide
Week 1: Goethe, The Sorrows of Young Werther Trans. Michael Hulse. Penguin Classics
Week 2: Prévost, Manon Lescaut Trans. Angela Scholar. Oxford World Classics
Weeks 3 and 4: Austen, Pride and Prejudice Ed. Mark Schorer. Riverside Editions
Week 5: Balzac, The Girl with the Golden Eyes Trans. Peter Collier. Oxford World Classics.
Weeks 6 and 7: Brontë, Wuthering Heights Ed. David Daiches. Penguin
Week 8: Fontane, Delusions, Confusions, and the Poggenpuhl Family
Trans. William Zwiebel, ed. Peter Demetz. Continuum/The German Library
Week 9: James, Daisy Miller Ed. David Lodge. Penguin Classics.
Week 10: Duras, The Lover Trans. Barbara Bray. Harper & Row, Perennial Library.