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Studying I.McEwan: An Introduction to Narratology

The short novel "The Comfort of Strangers" (1981) will provide an entry point, Atonement (2001) as a turning point and The Nutshell (2017) as the terminal for our Narratological journey. Looking back from 2017, The Comfort of Strangers is a zero start. We might use it to study the basics of Narratology such as Action, Story, Tellability. To start tracing the devices McEwan uses in Atonement, we will need a detailed knowledge of Focalization and Unreliability as key notions. We will end up with Tenses and Fictional Space as well as all imaginable types of Narrators to turn to an inconceivable one who tells The Nutshell story. The course will use interactive techniques, collaborative work including Smolny + Bard College, Berlin teleconference mixed classes, and a lot of our own writing to maintain innovative ways to study Narratology. Dr.James Harker, Bard College, Berlin and Dr.Valery Timofeev, Saint Petersburg State University as leaders of the course. Prof.Paul Cobley, the author of Narrative (2001, 2015) will be joining us to discuss theoretical issues via teleconference as well as in person.

Credits: 6/3

Course ID: LIT_E_301


  • Timofeev Valery

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Semester: Fall

Complies with general requirements: No

Course Type: Elective Course

Language: English