Experimental Fiction I - AAALE013A
Poslední úprava: Mgr. David Vichnar, Ph.D. (22.09.2017)
The course will explore a range of British & American authors whose work-whether programmatically or not-has been described as "experimental", i.e. resistant of the dominant/mainstream poetics and mimesis, and continuing with the unfinished project of the historical avant-garde. Departing from an introductory lecture on "modernism & the experience of/as experiment," the course will consider how the modernist project of exploring the materiality of language as established in the early works of Gertrude Stein and James Joyce was pursued in the 1920s/30s and onwards. Authors covered include Ronald Firbank, Virginia Woolf, Louis-Ferdinand Celine, Raymond Roussel, Djuna Barnes, Henry Miller, Flann O’Brien, H.D., and Samuel Beckett.
Oct 3 Introduction: Modernism & the Experience of/as Experiment
Oct 10 James Joyce, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (1916)
Oct 17 Gertrude Stein, Tender Buttons (1912)
Oct 24 Ronald Firbank, The Eccentricities of Cardinal Pirelli (1926)
Oct 31 Virginia Woolf, The Waves (1931)
Nov 7 Louis-Ferdinand Céline, Journey to the End of the Night (1932)
Nov 14 Raymond Roussel, Impressions of Africa (1910);
New Impressions of Africa (1932)
Nov 21 Djuna Barnes, Nightwood (1936)
Nov 28 Henry Miller, Black Spring (1936)
Dec 5 Flann O’Brien, At Swim-Two-Birds (1939)
Dec 12 H.D., Tribute to Freud (1944; 1956)
Dec 19 Samuel Beckett, Watt (1953)
Jan 2/9 CONCLUSION
All available in an e-format from the course Moodle (hard copies available in most Prague Anglophone bookstores, e.g. Shakespeare & Sons).
To obtain credit all students are expected to read the assigned texts, actively participate in the seminar, with maximum of 3 absences (25%), present one in-class presentation on the week’s primary reading (25%), and submit a final paper (50%).
The in-class presentation should last around 30 minutes (followed by a 15-min Q&A) and should be focused solely on a close reading of the text in question (i.e., no lengthy biographical summaries, no paraphrases of extant critical accounts). Every presenter should, in reasonable advance (by Sunday noon), assign the rest of the class a particular passage from the work-to-be-presented (round 50 pages), on which his/her presentation and subsequent discussion should be focused. In response to the presentation, each member of the audience should form a question to the presenter in the Q&A session after each presentation.
Will be in the range of 2 500 to 3 500 words (for a non-graded paper/ "zápočet") or 3 500 to 4 500 (for a graded paper/"zkouška"), with 1 resubmission possible. Students must consult their final-paper topic with the instruction well before the end of the class, i.e. by mid-December. Submission deadline will be by the end of January 2018 (individual extension possible). It is enough for a "Zápočet" essay to concern itself with just one author & work, while a "Zkouška" essay must assume a comparative viewpoint, dealing with at least 2 authors & their works. N.B. Due to Departmental policy, only MA students are allowed to enroll for the graded paper credit option. N.B. for Erasmus students: you can only enroll for the non-graded/Zápočet credit option; however, should your home university demand it, you can consequently receive a “grade” for your overall performance.