Armchair Adventurer: Popular and Literary Fiction at the Turn of the Twentieth Century|
At the turn of the twentieth century, stories of travel, action, and adventure enjoyed enormous market success and cultural prominence. This course examines the interaction between the adventure stories told in popular genre fiction--science fiction, historical fiction, adventure stories, detective novels, romance, children's literature, etc.--and their 'high' literary cousins. In the first half of the course, we will read classic works of genre fiction in order to understand the appeal of these stories and storytelling modes, for both writers and readers, and to identify their generic structures, plots, and premises. In the second half of the course, we will turn to four works of literary fiction that emerged in a close conversation with these popular forms.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Student Option|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ENGL-Brit Lit)(ENGL-TLF Conc)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|SECTION 01 - Summer Session II|
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Haggard, KING SOLOMON'S MINES; Wells, THE TIME MACHINE; Stevenson, KIDNAPPED; Conan Doyle, A STUDY IN SCARLET; Wodehouse, PICCADILLY JIM; Conrad, LORD JIM; Forster, A ROOM WITH A VIEW; James, THE AMBASSADORS; Kipling, KIM
|Examination and Assignments: |
Six short papers, class participation, semi-formal short assignments
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course contributes to the British Literature and Theory & Literary Forms concentrations of the English major.
|Instructor(s): Weiner,Stephanie Kuduk Times: .MTWRF. 01:30PM-03:10PM; Location: BOGH113; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 19||SR major: 6||JR major: 5|| || |
|Seats Available: 14||GRAD: 0||SR non-major: 2||JR non-major: 2||SO: 4||FR: 0|