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

Fall 2005

E 376L • Aphra Behn and Eighteenth-century Women Writers- HONORS

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
33465 TTh
2:00 PM-3:30 PM
PAR 204

Course Description

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 30%
Research exercises (from the ESTC/HRC) 20%
Final Paper (10 pp), with bibliography 30%
Class presentations and participation 20%

The final paper is the basis for the final research project.


(to be selected from)
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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