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ENGL4430 KRAFT, ELIZABETH TR 12::3 PM 0250

Description

 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.

Assignments

The texts we will consider are:

Aphra Behn,Oroonoko

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

Requirements

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.

Grading

Short papers 10 % each; midterm and final 20% each; research paper 20 %; short assignments, quizzes, class participation 20 %.

Attendance

Attendance is required.

Material

See above.

Makeup Policy

See me.