Prof. Dr. Monika Fludernik
Spring Term 2008
Hauptseminar Henry James´ Short Fiction
Monday 16-18, Raum 1, Sedanstraße 6
Henry James, Selected Tales. Ed. John Lyon. Penguin Classics. 2001.
contains, among others: „Four Meetings“, „Daisy Miller“, „The Lesson of the Master“, „The Pupil“, „The Real Thing“, „The Figure in the Carpet“, „In the Cage“, „Broken Wings“, „The Beast in the Jungle“, „The Jolly Corner“
Henry James, The Turn of the Screw and The Aspern Papers. Penguin Classics. 2003.
This seminar will discuss Henry James´s short fiction. James´s short stories and novellas range from suspense tales such as The Turn of the Screw and The Aspern Papers or „The Figure in the Carpet“ to analyses of personal merit and narratorial unreliability (Daisy Miller, „The Lesson of the Master“, „The Pupil“, „The Real Thing“, „In the Cage“, „The Beast in the Jungle“). Henry James is considered to be one of the Modernist masters. Reading his short fiction is a good way to start before one turns to his novels. James is considered to be a difficult author, but his short fiction is short enough for readers to appreciate its complexity. Each tale should be read at least twice before we discuss it in the session. It is therefore strongly recommended to get the texts early on and to start reading them during the term break.
This course is open to all BA, MA, Magister and Staatsexamen candidates.
5 minute oral report in class; participation in the discussion; minutes once for one session; term paper of 15 pages text minimum (excluding title page, table of contents and Works Cited) in departmental style sheet (see my homepage).
Paper due 1 October, 2008
Office hours: mostly Wednesday 10-12, but see list on secretary´s door (room 4207) and sign up for office hour. (Secretary´s telephone 203 3310);
BA and MA candidates: Please make sure that I get your Matrikelnummer plus the information whether you are doing this course as a Studienleistung or Prüfungsleistung and for which module. BA and MA candidates should talk to me about the timing of their seminar papers within a month of the start of classes.
Candidates who are willing to do an oral report on April 21 and April 28 are requested to get in touch with me as soon as possible.
21 April 2008 Introductory Session
OR: Life of Henry James
OR: The Work of Henry James
28 April „The Pupil“
OR: Henry James´ homosexuality
OR: Essay on „The Pupil“
5 May no session Staatexamens-Prüfungswoche
19 May The Turn of the Screw
OR: unreliable narration (Nünning)
OR: frame narrative
26 May The Turn of the Screw
2 June „The Real Thing“
9 June „In the Cage“
16 June The Aspern Papers
23 June „The Lesson of the Master“
30 June „The Figure in the Carpet“
7 July „Four Meetings“ and „The Beast in the Jungle“
14 July Daisy Miller
21 July „Broken Wings“ and „The Jolly Corner“