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Memory, Desire, and the Fantastic

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.


September 9
Mikhail Bulgakov, The Master and Margarita (first half)

September 16
Bulgakov, The Master and Margarita (second half)

September 23
Roberto Bolano, By Night In Chile

September 30
Marcel Proust, Time Regained (first third)

Coctober 7
Proust, Time Regained (second third)

October 14
Proust,Time Regained (last third)

October 21
Philip Roth, The Counterlife (first half)

October 28
Roth, The Counterlife (second half)

November 4
Michel Houllebecq, Atomised (first half)

November 11
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
Instructor:David Hershey


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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