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Instructor Info:Aleksandar Stevic
Term: 2012F
Meeting Info: Monday Wednesday
01:00 PM - 02:20 PM Harold Johnson Library 205
01:00 PM - 02:20 PM Harold Johnson Library 205

Why do so many novelistic heroes never grow up? The history of the European novel between mid-nineteenth and late-twentieth century is full of heroes and heroines on the verge of adulthood who end up crushed, disappointed, left behind, unrealized, and sometimes dead. In trying to understand why it is so difficult for the modern novel to envision a successful entry into the world of adulthood, we will pay particular attention to how novels negotiate most pressing social and political issues of the modern world, including the rise of financial capitalism and ethnic nationalism, the limits of the institution of marriage, the place of femininity, the crisis of religious belief, the rise of extreme ideological projects, and complex questions of gender identity and sexuality. We will read texts by Charles Dickens, Honoré de Balzac, Thomas Hardy, James Joyce, Thomas Mann, Sylvia Plath, and Jeanette Winterson.