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“How odd, the way such a thing can suddenly come over one” (11) – Gregor Samsa

Franz Kafka (1883-1924)
Franz Kafka (1883-1924)



Kafka and the 20th C

691 MET part-i

Metamorphosis – Quotes




The Nose


For Thursday, 8/25, Nikolai Gogol’s short story “The Nose” (Russia, 1835).





I’m adding a PDF that is a better translation – but sorry, I’ve written on it! the-nose_gogol

Here’s the linkto the ebook:

“Literature is the question, not the answer.”  – Roland Barthes

In Gogol “there is no plot, but only some cosmic situation” – Boris Eichenbaum


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Nose Afterlife:  Opera “The Nose” by Dmitrii Shostokovich

Gogol Bordello “Start Wearing Purple”:


In class: The Nose


Also take a look this week at “Brain Pickings” – It is an example of a “Literary Blog” of the type I would like you to do: This weekend I’d like you to surf around this site and check out some interesting readings. We will start with your weekly lit. journal on canvas, but I’d like you to transition to a live blog of this type (in your own style) on WordPress. Then I can follow YOU!

ENGL 691 – Tu/Th 3:05-4:20, EHFA 249

This will be the course website – I update it for every week, and it gives us a way to communicate on that long stretch between Thursday and Tuesday. If you “follow” it you will get (possibly annoying) emails about my updates.

I will use this site to give you information about the readings and to post questions. It’s not a site where you will turn work in. This weekend I will be posting the syllabus. This course will focus on 20th century Literature in or connected to the Magic Realism genre.

I am also giving you the first readings. For Tuesday, the very short story “Continuity of Parks”  by Julio Cortazar (Argentina, 1967):

PDF: Continuity of the Parks  [This story is also in the Cortazar book if you bought it!]

For Thursday, Nikolai Gogol’s short story “The Nose” (Russia, 1836)

Here’s the link. It’s an epublication, let me know if this works for you! If not I can send you a pdf.

Also take a look this week at “Brain Pickings” – It is an example of a “Literary Blog” of the type I would like you to do:

AND FINALLY! I am adding you to Canvas so that you can keep your literary journal there to begin with. As I envision it, I will comment on it, then you can develop a live lit blog.

See you on Tuesday!