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Course Name European Fiction
Course Code 18ELL612
Program 5 Year Integrated B.A. – M.A. (English Language & Literature)
Semester X
Year Taught 2019
Degree Integrated Degree
School School of Arts and Sciences
Campus Kochi


Course Outline

Unit 1

Introducing European Fiction.

Unit 2

Fyodor Dostoyevsky: Crime and Punishment.
Gustave Flaubert: Madame Bovary.
Italo Calvino: If On a Winter’s Night a Traveller.

Unit 3

Albert Camus: The Plague. 
Elfriede Jelinek: The Piano Teacher.

Unit 4

Kazantzakis, Nikos: Zorba the Greek.
Cervantes: Don Quixote.

Unit 5

Hermann Hesse: Siddhartha. 
Jose Saramago: Blindness.


To introduce the origin and development of European Fiction;to expose the students to the landmarks of 20th Century European Fictionand also to various artistic and philosophical undercurrents whichshaped it.

Core Reading

Any standard edition.


  1. Germaine,Bree(ed).Camus: A Collection of Critical Essays: Englewood Cliffs, NJ:PrenticeHall. 1962.
  2. Cascardi, Anthony J. The Cambridge Companion to Cervantes. London: Cambridge UP, 2002. Print.
  3. Ferber, Michael. A Companion to European Romanticism. Victoria: Blackwell, 2005. Print.
  4. Konzett, Matthias Piccolruaz and Margarete Lamb-Faffelberger, eds. ElfriedeJelinek: Writing Woman, Nation, and Identity: A Critical Anthology. New Jersey: Associated UP, 2007. Print.
  5. Polhemus, Robert M. and Roger B. Henkle, eds. Critical Reconstructions: The Relationship of Fiction and Life. Stanford: Stanford UP, 1994. Print.
  6. Bell, Michael. The Cambridge Companion to European Novelists (Cambridge Companions to Literature), UK: CUP, 2012.
  7. Cornils, Ingo. Ed. A Companion to the Works of Hermann Hesse (Studies in German Literature, Linguistics, and Culture),Camden House, 2009.
  8. Unwin, Timothy, ed. The Cambridge Companion to Flaubert. London: Cambridge UP, 2004. Print.

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