Maria A. DiBattista

  • The Modern European Novel

    Description; This course is designed for those 1) wanting to read landmark fictions in the modern European literary tradition; 2) intrigued by the question of "world literature" as it is posed in and by the European novel.
  • The Modern European Novel

    Description; This course is designed for those 1) wanting to read landmark fictions in the modern European literary tradition; 2) intrigued by the question of "world literature" as it is posed in and by the European novel.
  • Special Studies in Modernism: Exilic Time

    Exile by definition entails a wrenching relocation in space, but exile also can disarrange, by fracturing, the sense of time. This course examines the double time of exilic life, what Nabokov calls physical time and spiritual time. Physical time accentuates the pangs of exile--inhabiting a present so radically different from the familiar but quickly receding the past. Spiritual time, in which memory seek refuge, is more mobile and more creative; it can recall a vanished world and even project a future return.
  • Special Studies in Modernism: Exilic Time

    Exile by definition entails a wrenching relocation in space, but exile also can disarrange, by fracturing, the sense of time. This course examines the double time of exilic life, what Nabokov calls physical time and spiritual time. Physical time accentuates the pangs of exile--inhabiting a present so radically different from the familiar but quickly receding the past. Spiritual time, in which memory seek refuge, is more mobile and more creative; it can recall a vanished world and even project a future return.
  • Special Studies in Modernism: Modernist Portraiture

    This course traces the emergence of the distinctly "modern" portrait, including, of course, the self-portrait, from its beginnings in the mid-nineteen century to the present day. We are particularly concerned with analyzing how this radical shift in the way a novel or a poem "framed" and depicted its central subject depended on corresponding stylistic revolutions in painting and developing technologies in photography & film.
  • The European Novel: Cervantes to Tolstoy

    A study of the classic European novel from Cervantes to Tolstoy, with particular attention to their charismatic (and often renegade) characters, their inventive, often sprawling forms, their battle with reality.

  • The Modern European Novel

    Description; This course is designed for those 1) wanting to read landmark fictions in the modern European literary tradition; 2) intrigued by the question of "world literature" as it is posed in and by the European novel.

  • The Modern European Novel

    Description; This course is designed for those 1) wanting to read landmark fictions in the modern European literary tradition; 2) intrigued by the question of "world literature" as it is posed in and by the European novel.

  • Masterworks of European Literature

    In this course we will examine the major forms and themes of Western Literature since the Renaissance: the drama, essay, lyric and novel. We shall read major works by British, Spanish, French, German, Russian and American authors, considering the unique contributions of specific nations and languages and the transformations of themes and genres over a span of five hundred years.

  • Masterworks of European Literature

    In this course we will examine the major forms and themes of Western Literature since the Renaissance: the drama, essay, lyric and novel. We shall read major works by British, Spanish, French, German, Russian and American authors, considering the unique contributions of specific nations and languages and the transformations of themes and genres over a span of five hundred years.

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