EN 080.05, LITERARY FORMS

PAUL . C DOHERTY
FALL SEMESTER, 2001
DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISHBOSTON COLLEGE
CHESTNUT HILL, MASSACHUSETTS 02467
TTH 9, Gasson 305 TELEPHONE: (617) 552-3705
OFFICE HOURS MTWTH 10:3-12: CARNEY 326
E-MAIL: paul.doherty@bc.edu
Fax: (617) 552-0970

THE COURSE

As its title suggests, this course will consider the formal aspect of literature. That is, it will concentrate not just on what a book might mean, but how it means. The specific approach will be to consider how genre (the kind of work it is) alters the treatment of the same subject, and, more specifically, how prior literary works impinge upon present ones. The course will consider four clusters of texts. The first cluster will consider how genre affects narrative, and will include James Joyce's short story "The Dead," John Huston's film of that story, and the recent musical version of that story. (The class will attend a performance of that musical, James Joyce's The Dead, at the Huntington Theatre on Saturday afternoon, September 15.) A second cluster will center on a number of narrative explanations of the paradox of the omnipotence of God and the existence of evil. The texts will be The Book of Job, The Brother's Karamazov (Fyodor Dostoevski), and essays by Annie Dillard and Cynthia Ozick. A third cluster will include the recent novel by Alan Lightman, The Diagnosis, and two earlier works from which it appears to derive, Franz Kafka's "The Metamorphosis" and Plato's dialogues concerning the death of Socrates. A fourth cluster will include Virginia Woolf's novel, Mrs. Dalloway (1925) and Michael Cunningham's novel, The Hours (1998) which derives from it. A course calendar is on the reverse side of this sheet.

TEXTS (* ASTERISKED TITLES IN B.C. BOOKSTORE)

*Joyce Dubliners (Penguin)
Huston "The Dead" (film; O'Neill library)
James Joyce's The Dead' (play at Huntington Theatre, Boston)

Book of Job (Stephen Mitchell, trans.) (Harper)
Ozick, "The Impious Impatience of Job"
Dillard, "For the Time Being"
*Dostoevski, The Brothers Karamazov (Vintage)

*Lightman, The Diagnosis, Pantheon
*Plato, The Trial and Death of Socrates (Dover)
*Kafka, Metamorphosis, Bantam

*Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway (Harvest)
*Cunningham, The Hours (Picador)

GRADES

The semester grade will be the average of the grades received on three written exercises (all of which must be completed with a passing grade) and a final examination. The dates of the graded exercises are indicated with asterisks on the calendar. The date of the final examination is Monday, December 17, 9 a.m.

ATTENDANCE

You are expected to attend every class. If you are unable to attend, please notify the instructor, by e-mail or voice-mail.
CALENDAR

Sep 4 Introduction
Sep 6 Joyce, "The Dead"

Sep 11 Huston, "The Dead" (O'Neill Media Center, Room 211)
Sep 13 Huston, "The Dead" (O'Neill Media Center, Room 211)
Sep 15 James Joyce's 'The Dead' (Huntington Theatre)

Sep 18 no class
Sep 20*

Sep 25 Book of Job
Sep 27 Book of Job

Oct 2 "The Imperious Impatience of Job"
Oct 4 from For the Time Being

Oct 9 The Brothers Karamazov
Oct 11 The Brothers Karamazov

Oct 16 The Brothers Karamazov
Oct 18 The Brothers Karamazov

Oct 23 The Brothers Karamazov
Oct 25 The Brothers Karamazov

Oct 30 The Brothers Karamazov
Nov 1* The Brothers Karamazov

Nov 6 The Trial and Death of Socrates
Nov 8 The Trial and Death of Socrates

Nov 13 Metamorphosis
Nov 15 The Diagnosis

Nov 20 The Diagnosis

Nov 27 Mrs, Dalloway
Nov 29* Mrs. Dalloway

Dec 4 no class (Michael Cunningham at BC. (Gasson 100, 7:30)
Dec 6 The Hours