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The novel emerged as a recognizable literary genre in the eighteenth century. Borrowing liberally from other forms of prose narrative (satire, romance, fable, tale, parable, biography, etc), the novel nonetheless achieved a distinctive identity that appealed to a broad readership and that served the interests of both individualism and national identity. During the semester, we will chart the growth of the genre from the late seventeenth to the late eighteenth century through a study of representative texts that speak to the novel’s origins, its aspirations, and its versatility. We will also treat the significant approaches to the “rise of the novel”—in both 18th-century commentary and twentieth-century theory—through class presentations and lecture. At the conclusion of the semester, you should have a sense of the canon (both traditional and current) as well as the standard critical positions on this “novel” phenomenon and the conditions in which it was developed and began to thrive.
The texts we will consider are:
Daniel Defoe,Robinson Crusoe
Samuel Richardson, Pamela
Henry Fielding, Shamela and Joseph Andrews
Sarah Fielding, David Simple
Laurence Sterne, SentimentalJourney
Tobias Smollett, Humphry Clinker
Frances Burney, Evelina
2 short papers (4-6 pages); a midterm and a final; a final paper which includes research (10-12 pages); class participation; possible short oral presentations and quizzes.
Short papers 10 % each; midterm and final 20% each; research paper 20 %; short assignments, quizzes, class participation 20 %.
Attendance is required.
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