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

Fall 2005

E 327 • The English Novel in the Eighteenth Century

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
33225 TTh
9:30 AM-11:00 AM
PAR 204
BARCHAS

Course Description

The generic label novel did not come into general use until the 1780s. Yet long before then writers and readers acknowledged that a new species of writing was rapidly transforming the literary scene (even if they couldn't agree on what to call it). Novel is ultimately an apt name for a genre that experimented broadly with both narrative content and printed self-presentation. This class explores the emergence of the British novel over the course of the long eighteenth century, from 1688 to 1816. Although this class includes study of a pivotal work by Defoe and consideration of the famous Fielding and Richardson rivalry, it dedicates the bulk of its attention to important fictions by early women writers. It is not coincidental that the rise of the novel coincides with the rise of the professional woman writer (and a sharp increase in female literacy); the novel's fate would be in large part determined by the female pen. Lectures will provide a historical and visual context for these texts overlapping preoccupations with issues as varied as art, colonialism, landscape, economics, theatre, urbanization, and print culture.

Grading Policy

Two 4-page papers 20% each
One 8-page rewrite of one of the shorter papers 20%
Final exam 30%
Attendance/Participation 10%

Texts

Aphra Behn, Oroonoko; Daniel Defoe, Robinson Crusoe; Eliza Haywood, Love in Excess; Samuel Richardson, Pamela; Charlotte Lennox, Female Quixote; Frances Burney, Evelina; Jane Austen, Mansfield Park; Mary Shelley, Frankenstein

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