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Fractured Classics: Novelistic Rewritings

Why do so many novels confront the past by rewriting, revising, or reinventing their literary forebears? Are post-1945 experiments in revision commonplace, or more characteristic of historical, cultural, and geopolitical changes peculiar to the late 20th-century? How does intertextuality inform narrative voice, authorship, characterization, political and aesthetic conflict, and interrogations of canonization? This course pairs Charlotte Bronte¿s Jane Eyre with Jean Rhys¿s Wide Sargasso Sea; E.M. Forster¿s Howard¿s End with Zadie Smith¿s On Beauty; and Virginia Woolf¿s Mrs Dalloway with Michael Cunningham¿s The Hours.

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216 726

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