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NOVELS OF THE ROMANTIC PERIOD: Who are the novelists of the Romantic period?  We are, perhaps, far more familiar with the poets:  Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Byron, and Keats.  And yet, the novel was a thriving genre during the decades now identified as "Romantic." While we'll be focusing on British novelists, including Sir Walter Scott, Mary Shelley, and Jane Austen, we'll begin by reading a very influential German novel: Goethe's The Sorrows of Young Werther.  How do novelists of the period respond to the stirring social events of the day in a transnational landscape dominated by conflict? What conversations occurred between novelists and what narrative techniques were developed to forward that conversation? 


2 Semester Exams (30%)

3 Short Narrative Projects (30%)

1 Long Essay (7 pages) (20%)

Final Exam (15%)

Attendance and In-Class Writing (15%)


Jane Austen, Persuasion (Norton Critical Edition, ISBN 978-0-393-91153-4)

William Godwin, Caleb Williams (Broadview Press ISBN: 9781551112497)

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, The Sorrows of Young Werther  (Oxford University Press, ISBN-13: 978-0199583027)

Mary Hays, Memoirs of Emma Courtney (Oxford University Press ISBN-13: 978-0199555406)

Sir Walter Scott, Waverley (Oxford University Press ISBN-13: 978-0199538027)

Mary Shelley, Frankenstein (Norton Critical Edition, ISBN 978-0-393-92793-1)

Charlotte Smith, Emmeline (Broadview Press ISBN: 9781551113593)

John Thelwall, The Daughter of Adoption (Broadview Press ISBN: 9781554810635)

Mary Wollstonecraft, Mary, A Fiction and The Wrongs of Woman, or Maria (Broadview Press ISBN: 9781554810222)