Introduction: Life and Literature in the 19th and 20th Centuries

  1. Introduction to the Class
    1. Course Objectives: European Literature and the Formation of the Self
    2. Requirements: Two Papers, Midterm, Final
    3. Content and Skill
  1. The Books
  2. Jean-Jacques Rousseau, The Social Contract
    Georg Büchner, Complete Plays, Lenz and Other Writings
    Jane Austen, Emma
    Dostoyevsky, Notes from Underground
    Baudelaire, Paris Spleen
    Hammett, The Glass Key
    Rilke, Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge
    Borges, Ficciones
    Bishop, The Complete Poems, 1927-1979

  3. The End of the Eighteenth Century in Europe
    1. The Age of Reason?
    2. The Unreasonable Past
    3. Social and Economic Conditions, Reasonable and Unreasonable
  1. Jean-Jacques Rousseau, 1712-1778
    1. A Swiss Apprentice
    2. The Lure of Privilege
    3. The Exile
    4. The Politics of a Contrarian
  1. Rousseau and Romanticism
    1. The Image of Rousseau
    2. Continuing Influence
    3. Literary Understanding