Studies in Fiction

The first half of this course will center on two classics of high modernism, Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway and James Joyce’s Ulysses.  In the second half of the course we’ll read a sampling of later fiction that draws on the experimental legacy of modernist literature.  We’ll spend about a month on Ulysses; each member of the class will be responsible for a single chapter, on which she or he will report to the class.  Later texts include: Arundhati Roy, The God of Small Things; Garcia Gabriel Marquez, “The Last Voyage of the Ghost Ship”; Russell Hoban, Riddley Walker.