What are the listed short stories about and what are the main themes


Fall 2014 Comp Lit 191 / French 153D Fantastic Fictions The Fantastic is one of the many inventions of the Nineteenth century. [http://www.bezern.com/] It has been described as the creative reaction to a bourgeois, prosaic world, dominated by capitalism and rationalism, and deserted by poetry, faith and the imagination. [http://www.bezern.com/] Writers of fantastic literature were fascinated by the parallel realities of mental disorder, madness, dreams and drug-induced perceptions. [http://www.bezern.com/] The void left by the materialistic explanations of reality became the space where a fantastic perception of reality could develop and thrive, hesitating between the real and the supernatural, in the intermediate space of the unexplained and unexplainable. [http://www.bezern.com/] We will read stories by Balzac, Cortázar, Dumas, Gautier, Gogol, Hoffmann, Kafka, Maupassant, Mérimée, Edgar A. [http://www.bezern.com/] Poe, and Villiers de l’Ile-Adam. [http://www.bezern.com/] In English. [http://www.bezern.com/] Time: Tuesday & Thursday 12:30-1:45 Place: Theater & Dance 1701 Instructor: Dominique Jullien Office hours: Thursday 2:30-4:30 pm & by appointment Office: 5220 Phelps Hall Email: djullien@frit. [http://www.bezern.com/]ucsb. [http://www.bezern.com/]edu Thursday October 2, 2014 Introduction Tuesday October 7 E. [http://www.bezern.com/]T. [http://www.bezern.com/]A. [http://www.bezern.com/] Hoffmann “The Sand Man” (from the reader) Thursday October 9 E. [http://www.bezern.com/]T. [http://www.bezern.com/]A. [http://www.bezern.com/] Hoffmann, “The Cremona Violin” (from the reader) Additional reading: 1) Sigmund Freud, The Uncanny (from the reader); 2) Hélène Cixous, “Fiction and its Phantoms” (from the reader) Tuesday October 14 H. [http://www.bezern.com/] de Balzac, The Wild Ass’s Skin (to p. [http://www.bezern.com/]108) Thursday October 16 Balzac cont’d (to p. [http://www.bezern.com/]194) Tuesday October 21 Balzac cont’d (to p. [http://www.bezern.com/]285) Thursday October 23 Prosper Mérimée, “The Venus of Ille” (from Joan C. [http://www.bezern.com/] Kessler (ed. [http://www.bezern.com/]) Demons of the Night) Additional reading: Tzvetan Todorov, The Fantastic (from the reader) Tuesday October 28 Alexandre Dumas “The Slap of Charlotte Corday” (from Demons of the Night) Thursday October 30 Théophile Gautier, “The Dead in Love” (from Demons of the Night) Tuesday November 4 Théophile Gautier, “Arria Marcella” (from Demons of the Night) Thursday November 6 MIDTERM EXAM (IN CLASS) Tuesday November 11 Veterans’ Day—no class Thursday November 13 Edgar Allan Poe, “The Oval Portrait”, “The Fall of the House of Usher” (from the reader) Tuesday November 18 Poe cont’d, “The Man of the Crowd” (from the reader) Thursday November 20 Nikolai Gogol, “The Nose” (from the reader) Tuesday November 25 Villiers de l’Isle-Adam, “The Sign” (from Demons of the Night) Thursday November 27 Thanksgiving—no class Tuesday December 2 Villiers, “Véra” (from Demons of the Night) Thursday December 4 Guy de Maupassant, “The Horla” (from Demons of the Night) Tuesday December 9 Maupassant, “Who knows?” (from Demons of the Night) Thursday December 11 Franz Kafka, “The Metamorphosis” (from the reader) Julio Cortázar, “The Night Face Up”; “Continuity of Parks” (from the reader) Conclusion Monday, December 15, 12-3 PM FINAL EXAMINATION WHAT YOU WILL NEED IN THIS CLASS A. [http://www.bezern.com/] The following books are available from the UCSB bookstore: Required Books: 1) Demons of the Night : Tales of the Fantastic, Madness, and the Supernatural from Nineteenth-Century France, Translated & Edited by Joan C. [http://www.bezern.com/] Kessler (University Of Chicago Press, 1995) ISBN: 0226432084 2) Honoré de Balzac, translated by Herbert J. [http://www.bezern.com/] Hunt, The Wild Ass’s Skin (Penguin Classics, 1977) ISBN: 0140443304 Optional Book: Tzvetan Todorov, The Fantastic: A Structural Approach to a Literary Genre, Translated by Richard Howard with an Introduction by Robert Scholes (Cornell University Press, 1980) ISBN-10: 0801491460 B. [http://www.bezern.com/] I-clicker, available at the UCSB Bookstore (Note: if you already have an i-clicker, you do not need to buy a new one. [http://www.bezern.com/]) C. [http://www.bezern.com/] Additional reading (available as a reader from SB Printers). [http://www.bezern.com/] The reader is also available in the Library on a 2-hour reserve: Selections from: - E. [http://www.bezern.com/]T. [http://www.bezern.com/]A. [http://www.bezern.com/] Hoffmann, The Best Tales of Hoffmann, Edited by E. [http://www.bezern.com/]F. [http://www.bezern.com/] Bleiler (Dover Publications, 1963) - Sigmund Freud, The Uncanny (Penguin Books, 2003) - Hélène Cixous, “Fiction and its Phantoms: a Reading of Freud’s Das Unheimliche” (The Uncanny”), from S. [http://www.bezern.com/] Vine (Ed. [http://www.bezern.com/]), Literature in Psychoanalysis (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005) - Tzvetan Todorov, The Fantastic (Cornell University Press, 1980) - Edgar Allan Poe, Complete Tales & Poems (Vintage Classics, 1975) - Nikolai Gogol, The Collected Tales of Nikolai Gogol, Translated by R. [http://www.bezern.com/] Pelvear & L. [http://www.bezern.com/] Volokhonsky (Vintage Classics, 1998) - Franz Kafka, “The Metamorphosis” (The Complete Stories, New York: Schocken Books, 1971) - Julio Cortázar, “Continuity of Parks”; “The Night Face Up” (End of the Game and Other Stories, New York: Collier Books, 1968) COURSE REQUIREMENTS (Please note that you must fulfill all requirements in order to pass the course): ATTENDANCE. [http://www.bezern.com/] No more than two justified absences are allowed during the quarter. [http://www.bezern.com/] READING. [http://www.bezern.com/] Read all the texts carefully in preparation for class. [http://www.bezern.com/] Be prepared to participate in class discussions. [http://www.bezern.com/] Bring the text to class. [http://www.bezern.com/] There will be quizzes. [http://www.bezern.com/] CLICKER. [http://www.bezern.com/] Don’t forget to register your clicker. [http://www.bezern.com/] You need to bring it to every class. [http://www.bezern.com/] We will use it every day. [http://www.bezern.com/] EXAMS. [http://www.bezern.com/] Midterm (Thursday 11/6) and Final (Monday 12/15, 12-3 pm) both in class. [http://www.bezern.com/] GRADING: 10% Class performance including attendance, quizzes and participation 30% Midterm Exam 60% Final Exam
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