Much of literature focuses on how the mind structures and makes use of memory to capture, embody, and transform basic desires into events that sometimes assume fantastic form. Bulgakov’s The Master and Margarita does this by weaving the Pontius Pilate story into Soviet Russian life. Proust’s Time Regained uses memory to explore the subtle long-term changes in relationships. Bolano’s By Night In Chile portrays the painful coming to awareness in Mexico and Latin America. Philip Roth’s The Counterlife examines how one man allows his life in America to overlap mentally with the image of his deceased brother. Michele Houllebecq’s Atomised shows how such processes become fragmented by the impact of current existence in France. In this course, we’ll read these provocative works and will discuss the various faces of this fundamental reality in a variety of cultures.
Mikhail Bulgakov, The Master and Margarita (first half)
Bulgakov, The Master and Margarita (second half)
Roberto Bolano, By Night In Chile
Marcel Proust, Time Regained (first third)
Proust, Time Regained (second third)
Proust,Time Regained (last third)
Philip Roth, The Counterlife (first half)
Roth, The Counterlife (second half)
Michel Houllebecq, Atomised (first half)
Houllebecq, Atomised (second half)
|Dates:||September 9 - November 11, 2013 Check for other dates|
|Meets:||Monday from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM, 10 Sessions|
Books are not included in the cost of the course. Books can be purchased online or at a bookstore of your choice.
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