19-311 THE LITERARY GENIUS OF GUY deMAUPASSANT
Dave Stegink, Fridays 10 am - 12 noon
Cactus Room: November 1, 8, 15, 22 December 6
Participants will explore the short stories and one novel of the gifted French writer, Guy deMaupassant. The course will examine French society in the late 19th century and deMaupassant's mind and art in relation to that society. The emphasis will be on trying to understand and appreciate his unique contribution to literature, and assessing if and why he can be considered a "great writer.”
Participants should buy two books before class begins: Bel Ami (Oxford Classic Edition, 2001) and A Parisian Affair and other Stories (Penguin Books, 2004). Please number the short stories in A Parisian Affair and other Stories from 1 through 34. Before the first class, participants should read the Introduction to both A Parisian Affair and other Stories and Bel Ami, plus the 1st, 2nd, 7th, 10th, 20th, and 30th stories from A Parisian Affair and other Stories. A complete syllabus will be provided at the first class.