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Ironic Romance

ENGL 251.401

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.

fulfills requirements
Elective Seminar of the Standard Major
Sector 2: Difference and Diaspora of the Standard Major
Sector 5: 19th Century Literature of the Standard Major
Pre-1900 Seminar Requirement of the Standard Major