Lecture and Reading Schedule

ENGL 341: Modern Fiction

The readings below are available at the Concordia Bookstore, unless marked with an asterisk (*), in which case you can access it for free online. You are free to use other editions of the texts, though this will make it harder to follow page references in lectures. However, the translation of Kafka’s Metamorphosis must be by Stanley Corngold; the Annotated Lolita is strongly recommended.

Week 1

Sept. 2.  Introduction. Sept. 4. Joyce, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (pages 1-5, to “Forge ahead!”) and Woolf, “Modern Fiction“*

Week 2

Sept. 9.  Joyce, Portrait (Chapters I & II) Sept. 11. Joyce, Portrait (Chapters II & III)

Week 3

Sept. 16. Joyce, Portrait (Chapter IV). 18. Joyce, Portrait (Chapter V)

***Sept. 18: Short textual analysis # 1 due

Week 4

Sept. 23, 25. Kafka, The Metamorphosis (see also The Onion‘s report on Prague’s Franz Kafka airport and Franz Kafka’s It’s a Wonderful Life, an Oscar-winning short film by Peter Capaldi and starring the ever-amazing Richard E. Grant).

Week 5

Sept. 30. Pirandello, “A Character’s Tragedy”* + Gide, Counterfeiters (Part I). Oct. 2. Gide, Counterfeiters (Part II)

Week 6

Oct. 7, 9. Counterfeiters (Parts III & IV)

Week 7

Oct. 14, 16. Rhys, Good Morning, Midnight.

        ***Oct. 16: Short textual analysis # 2 due

Week 8

Oct. 21: Good Morning, Midnight. 23. Marquez, “The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World” & “A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings”

Week 9

Oct. 28. Marquez, “Leaf Storm.” Oct. 30. Nabokov, Lolita (Foreword by “John Ray” + Part I, chapters 1 to 9 [pg 3-32 in The Annotated Lolita])

Week 10

Nov. 4, 6. Lolita (to end of Part I)

Week 11

Nov. 11, 13. Lolita (Part II)

Week 12

Nov. 18. Spark, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. 20. In class test.

Week 13

Nov. 25. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie . 27. Cortázar, “Axolotl”*

***Nov. 27: Essay due


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