The Ancient and Modern Novel
This course will take as its point of departure the surviving novels of Greek and Roman antiquity. We will read a selection of Greek novels, as well as Petronius’ Satyricon and Apuleius’ Metamorphoses. To these ancient works we will compare a series of modern novels, especially Epitaph of a Small Winner by Machado de Assis and Kennedy’s Confederacy of Dunces. The course will also pursue critical and theoretical issues regarding the genre of the novel raised by Bakhtin, Lukacs, Winkler and others. All works will be read in translation.