This course will examine the writing of leisure in fiction with a view to understanding how leisure is constructed and used as a fictional trope. There will be four sections: 1. Writing travel as a leisure activity, 2. Writing enforced leisure and ennui, in the home, in jail, marooned, etc, and 3. writing recreations, games, pastimes, etc. 4. Leisure as protest: slacking and politics. We will look at a selection of texts including Gerald Durrell, Nick Hornby, Madame Bovary, Virginia Woolf, P.G. Wodehouse, Irvine Welsh and James Joyce. More texts may be added on demand.
Rimi B. Chatterjee