Course Description: Fall, 2000
GRC 327E: "The Nobel Prize, Politics, and Literature"

SYLLABUS: FALL, 2000


WEEK 1: 31 August

THURS: Introduction to the course


WEEK 2: 5 and 7 September

TUES: Introduction to the Nobel Prize

"The Stockholm syndrome: is the Nobel a curse?," Walter Kirn
"Stockholm syndrome" (humor--Editorial)
"May the Best Author Win- Fat Chance," David Lehman
"The Nobels that Some Felt Weren't so Dynamite," Thomac Vinciguerra
"Prize and Prejudice," James Gibbs
"The Nobel Prize for Literature," Renee Winegarten
"Letter from Stockholm: The Nobel Syndrome," Michael Specter
"The Swedish Academy and the Nobel Prize in Literature," Williams Riggan
"The Liberary Legacy of Alfred Nobel," Ingmar Björkstén

FROM THE NOBEL FOUNDATION:

"The Nobel Foundation," Birgitta Lemmel
"Statues of the Nobel Foundation"
"Nobel Prize in Literature," Kjell Espmark
•READING ASSIGNMENT: Identify several differences in what insiders and outsiders think about the Prize

1. Nobel Writers and History

THURS: Günter Grass, Nobel statements
---, Cat and Mouse (in Danzig Trilogy)


WEEK 3: 12 and 14 September

TUES: The Tin Drum (1979). Director: Völker Schlöndorff

THURS: Günter Grass, The Tin Drum (in Danzig Trilogy), Book 1 (-p. 158)


WEEK 4: 19 and 21 September

TUES: Nadine Gordimer. Nobel statements

---. Burger's Daughter.

•PRECIS DUE: either Grass story

THURS: Nadine Gordimer. Burger's Daughter.


2. Confronting Mass Culture

WEEK 5: 26 and 28 September

TUES: Heinrich Böll, Nobel statements.

---, The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum.

•PRECIS DUE: Gordimer

THURS: Heinrich Böll, The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum.


WEEK 6: 3 and 5 October

TUES: Elias Canetti, Nobel statements

---. Auto-da-Fe., Part 1, 9-166, and "The Red Cock" (last chapter), 457-464(copy)

•PRECIS DUE: Böll

THURS:Canetti, Elias. Crowds & Power (excerpt; copy)

-"The Crowd," 15-90, and "The Pack," 93-124


WEEK 7: 10 and 12 October

TUES: Hermann Hesse, Nobel statements

---, Steppenwolf.

•PRECIS DUE: any Canetti text

THURS: Hermann Hesse, excerpt from The Glass Bead Game: Magister Ludi:

-"The Glass Bead Game: A General Introduction," -44

-Chapter 1: "The Call," 47-85

-Chapter 2: "Waldzell," 86-119


3. Ends of Worlds

WEEK 8: 17 and 19 October

TUES: Thomas Mann, Nobel statements

---, Death in Venice

•PRECIS DUE: either Steppenwolf or the "General Intro."

THURS: DAY OFF -- GO SEE MOVIES:


WEEK 9: 24 and 26 October

TUES: Thomas Mann, Death in Venice Dir. Luchino Visconti (film)

•FIRST SHORT PAPER DUE

THURS: Thomas Mann, Buddenbrooks: The Decline of a Family.


WEEK 10: 31 October and 2 November

TUES: Thomas Mann, Buddenbrooks, Parts 1-3, 3-166, and Part 11, 671-731

•PRECIS DUE: either Mann text ( one Part of Buddenbrooks), or film

4. Social Justice and Confronting Adversity

THURS: Selma Lagerlöf, Nobel statements


WEEK 11: 7 and 9 November

TUES: Selma Lagerlöf, Jerusalem. (all; copy)

---, The Holy City (Jerusalem II), 31-80 (copy)

THURS: Selma Lagerlöf, Jerusalem. Dir. Bille August (film)


WEEK 12: 14 and 16 November

TUES: Sigrid Undset, Nobel statements

---, Kristin Lavransdattar: The Wreath.

THURS: Sigrid Undset, Kristin Lavransdattar: The Wreath.

•ABSTRACT OF FINAL PAPER DUE


WEEK 13: 21 and 23 November

TUES:Knut Hamsun, Nobel statements

---, Hunger.

•REWRITE OF FIRST PAPER DUE

THURS: Thanksgiving


WEEK 14: 28 and 30 November

TUES Knut Hamsun, Hunger

"How I Won the Nobel Prize (for Naguib Mahfouz)," Kennett Love

•DISCUSSION TOPIC: compare the two translations (sections in copy package), in light of Love

THURS Gerhart Hauptmann, Nobel statements

---, The Weavers


WEEK 15: 5 and 7 December

TUES: Gerhart Hauptmann, The Weavers

THURS: last class


•FINAL PAPER DUE: Saturday, 16 December, at 7 pm
(the official exam day and time for this course)

Turn into my office; place under the door.