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Martin Kevorkian, Chair CAL 226, Mailcode B5000, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-4991

Fall 2009

E 376L • Aphra Behn and 18th C Women Writers

Unique Days Time Location Instructor

Heinzelman, S

Course Description

Please refer to the course schedule for course days, time, room location, prerequisites and possible cross-listings:

The origins of the novel form have traditionally been located in the work of the so-called "fathers of the novel:" Defoe, Richardson and Fielding. Despite the work of feminist literary critics and their insistence on opening a space for women writers in the early 18th- century canon of writers, many students complete their English major without having read a single novel by a woman before Jane Austen. This course will rectify that omission. It will not, however, simply place these women in relationship to their more famous male colleagues but argue for an historical perspective that demonstrates that without these women writers, there would have been no canon as we now know it. We will concentrate on novels and novellas by Aphra Behn, Eliza Haywood, and Delarivier Manley, while recognizing that these women also wrote extensively for the stage and that such dramatic enterprises directly affected their prose works.

This honors seminar aims to introduce students to research in the field of English literature generally and the eighteenth century specifically and, to this end, the course includes three short research assignments involving the Oxford English Dictionary (OED), English Short Title Catalogue (ESTC), MLA Bibliography On-Line, and the Harry Ransom Center collections.

Grading Policy

Three short papers (3-4 pages); each one to be revised; final paper to be the basis for the final research project: 30%; Research exercises (from the ESTC/HRC): 20%; Final Paper (10 pp), with bibliography: 30%; Class presentations and participation: 20%


Aphra Behn: Oronooko; Love Letters between a Nobleman and His Sister; selected short stories; Eliza Haywood: Eovaai; Love in Excess; Fantomina; The City Jilt and other selected short stories; Delarivier Manley: New Atalantis; Rivella. Packet of background materials


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