Close reading of novels, memoirs, and journalism from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries to understand how certain novelists have set about to rework fiction and nonfiction source materials to create new narrative. The significance of such artistic means as revising the setting, altering or questioning gender identity or sexual orientation of characters, or shifting the historical moment or political framework of the action. Exploration of how new works dispose the reader to reinterpret earlier works, providing a basis for redefining what constitutes originality in writing fiction. Enrollment limited to freshmen. Preregistration required; see under Freshman Seminar Program.
Alice Munro, “Home” (2 versions)
Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre and Jean Rhys, Wide Sargasso Sea
Virginia Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway and Michael Cunningham, The Hours
Shakespeare, Othello, Verdi and Boito, Otello (opera), Q Brothers, Othello: The Remix (hip hop performance piece)
Freud, Five Introductory Lectures on Psychoanalysis, and A. Anatoli Kuznetsov, Babi Yar: A Documentary in the Form of a Novel, D.M. Thomas, The White Hotel