Course Instructor Days Times Room
ENGL4865 PAYTON, JASON TR 3 :30 PM 0259

Topics Title
Outsiders: Rogues, Pirates, & Castaways

This class will study representations of cultural outsiders in the pre-1900 novel. We will explore the literature of the criminal underclass through readings from the Spanish picaresque and the English rogue traditions, asking what these outsiders teach us about law, order, and the cultural meanings of deviance. We will also explore the traditions of the shipwreck and castaway novel, asking how what these outsiders teach us about the experience of isolation and the need for community. 


Students will write one short literary analysis paper (3-5 pp.) and one research paper (10 pp.). Short papers will demonstrate students' writing ability and facility with literary analysis. Research papers will demonstrate students' facility with research methods and academic argumentation. 



There will be no tests. 


The tentative grade distribution for this course is: 

Attendance & Participation: 50%

Short Paper: 15% 

Research Paper: 35%


Daily attendance is required; stipulations regarding absences and their effects on the course participation grade will be included in the syllabus. 


Readings will include:

Cervantes, Don Quixote (in English translation)

Defoe, Captain SingletonMoll Flanders

Smollett, The Adventures of Roderick Random

Swift, Gulliver's Travels

Winkfield, The Female American