English 90lv. Consciousness in Fiction from Austen to Woolf

Instructor: James Wood
Monday, 12:00-2:00pm | Location: TBA
Enrollment: Limited to 15 students

A look at the complex ways in which writers represent their characters' thought in texts by Austen, Flaubert, James, Tolstoy, Chekhov, Giovanni Verga, and Woolf. More broadly, traces the development of stream-of-consciousness, from Austen's incipient mastery of free indirect style, through Flaubert's more sophisticated use of it, to Woolf's full-blown inner monologues, seeing this development as not merely a fact of English and American literature, but as a phenomenon of world literature and an element of our modernity.

This course satisfies the “1700-1900 Guided Elective" requirement for English concentrators and Secondary Field students.​​​​​​​