This course will examine the role and function of both the author and the character by investigating the long exploited narrative device of their encounter within the fictional world. In so doing, we will reflect upon the boundaries of fiction (do they exist ? what is their nature: logical, narratological, ontological ?). We will read French, Spanish, Italian, and English texts, encompassing a variety of genres and media, from the early modern to contemporary periods. Authors will include Cervantes, Molière, Fénelon, Bougeant, Pirandello, Caumery, Woody Allen, Paul Auster, and Jonathan Coe.
Note: All readings will be offered English, although students may read French, Italian and Spanish texts in their original language. Students taking the course for French credit must read all French texts in the original language and do written work in French. Prerequisites: For FREN, at least two literature level courses (FREN 21700 or above); for Comp Lit, two literature level courses (200-level and above).