Ironic Romance

Romance is a palatable fictional mode in the nineteenth century. Since it endorses narrative symmetry, moral justice, emotional fulfillment, and true love, it was especially imposed on woman writers, despite--or because of--the fact that the genre breeds delusion and self-destructive fantasies in its readers. We will read a series of novels in which the author subverts her or his romance conventions, including works by Jane Austen, Flaubert, Mary Braddon, Daphne du Maurier, and perhaps Nabokov.

TR 12-1:30

Auerbach

  • ENGL/CINE-251
  • COML-249

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