LIT 222 — The Novel: An MLA-Style Course
This course aims to introduce those who are strongly interested in pursuing a degree in the Master of Liberal Arts Program to the kind of seminar they would likely encounter in the program. Students will face the same kind of intellectual challenges and opportunities to engage in weekly discussion. Students must take this course for credit, submit written work, and contribute to class discussions, as happens in all MLA seminars. However, this course may not be taken for a letter grade, though students’ written work will receive feedback. For more information on the MLA Program, please visit mla.stanford.edu.
Jeremy Sabol, Lecturer, Stanford’s Program in Structured Liberal EducationJeremy Sabol specializes in early modern literature and philosophy, Cartesianism, and existentialism. He received a PhD in French from Yale.
Textbooks for this course:
(Required) Daniel Defoe, Robinson Crusoe (Penguin Classics, reissue edition 2003) (ISBN 978-0141439822)
(Required) Denis Diderot, Translated by David Coward, Jacques the Fatalist (Oxford World Classics, 2009) (ISBN 978-0199537952)
(Required) Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre (Penguin Classics, 2006) (ISBN 978-0141441146)
(Required) Fyodor Dostoevsky, Notes from the Underground (Vintage Classics, reprint edition,1994) (ISBN 978-0679734529)
(Required) Samuel Beckett, Three Novels: Molloy, Malone Dies, The Unnamable (Grove Press, 2009) (ISBN 978-0802144478)
(Required) Toni Morrison, Song of Solomon (Vintage, reprint Edition, 2004) (ISBN 978-1400033423)
(Required George Saunders, Lincoln in the Bardo (Random House, reprint edition, 2017) (ISBN 978-0812995343)
(Required) Jennifer Egan, A Visit from the Goon Squad (Anchor, 2011) (ISBN 978-0307477477)
(Required) Clarice Lispector, Translated by Idra Novey, The Passion According to G.H. (ISBN 978-0811219686)