The Eighteenth-Century English Novel
English 349, Spring 2000
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English 349 involves the following responsibilities on your
- Written Assignments: There will be two papers, the
first of five to seven pages, the second of eight to ten, along
with several smaller writing assignments and your daily reading
journal (see below, "Class Participation"). There will also be a
short final exam.
- Attendance: Almost any excuse, given in advance
(in person, by phone, or by E-mail), will receive my blessing.
Absences not excused in advance will be frowned upon (which means
a lower final grade).
- Class Participation: Regular and active class
participation (including doing the readings) is essential, and
counts for a large part of your grade. In each class
meeting, you'll be expected to bring in your reading journal
-- a set of written observations or questions on the day's
readings -- and be prepared to use it to start the day's
discussion. The reading journals will be collected once a month.
Class participation obviously includes class attendance; if
you're not there, you're not participating.
- E-Mail Participation: All students will be
required to have an E-mail account by the end of the
second week of classes; E-mail participation will count
toward the class participation grade, and some essential
information will be available only electronically. I'll
provide any computing help you need.
Eight books -- Moll Flanders, Pamela, Joseph
Andrews, Humphry Clinker, A Sentimental
Journey, Evelina, The Monk, and The Rise of
the Novel -- are available from the Rutgers
Newark Bookstore in Bradley Hall. The remainder of the
readings will be available in photocopies provided in class.
This class has a mailing list called
email@example.com; all students are required to have
an E-mail account by the end of the second week of classes and to
participate in the discussions on the list. Although I have the
greatest sympathy for those suffering from technological
nightmares, don't expect to use computer problems as an excuse
for not doing the reading or writing. If you have a computer
problem, contact me as soon as possible.
Schedule of Class Meetings
- Thursday, 20 Jan.
- Monday, 24 Jan.
- Jane Barker, Love Intrigues.
- Thursday, 27 Jan.
- Eliza Haywood, Fantomina; Ian Watt, The Rise of the
Novel, chapter 1 ("Realism and the Novel Form").
- Monday, 31 Jan.
- Daniel Defoe, Moll
Flanders, pp. 1-105. OED exercise (on Barker or
- Thursday, 3 Feb.
Flanders, pp. 105-89; Ian Watt, The Rise of the
Novel, chapter 2 ("The Reading Public and the Rise of the
- Monday, 7 Feb.
Flanders, pp. 189-268.
- Thursday, 10 Feb.
Flanders, pp. 269-343; Ian Watt, The Rise of the
Novel, chapter 4 ("Defoe as Novelist: Moll
- Monday, 14 Feb.
- Samuel Richardson, Pamela, pp. 31-130.
- Thursday, 17 Feb.
- Pamela, pp. 130-278; Ian Watt, The Rise of the
Novel, chapter 6 ("Private Experience and the Novel").
- Monday, 21 Feb.
- Pamela, pp. 279-392.
- Thursday, 24 Feb.
- Pamela, pp. 392-516; Ian Watt, The Rise of the
Novel, chapter 5 ("Love and the Novel: Pamela").
Reading journal due.
- Monday, 28 Feb.
- Henry Fielding, Shamela.
- Thursday, 2 March
- Henry Fielding, Joseph Andrews, pp. 1-100 (through
Book II, Chapter IV).
- Monday, 6 March
- Joseph Andrews, pp. 100-99 (through Book III, Chapter
IV); Samuel Johnson, on Richardson and Fielding (photocopy).
- Thursday, 9 March
- Joseph Andrews, pp. 199-303; Ian Watt, The Rise of
the Novel, chapter 8 ("Fielding and the Epic Theory of the
Novel"). First paper (5-7 pages) due.
- Monday, 13 March
- No class: Spring break.
- Thursday, 16 March
- No class: Spring break.
- Monday, 20 March
- Laurence Sterne, A
Sentimental Journey, pp. 3-63 (vol. 1).
- Thursday, 23 March
Sentimental Journey, pp. 64-125 (vol. 2). Reading
- Monday, 27 March
- Tobias Smollett, Humphry
Clinker, pp. 1-117 (vol. 1).
- Thursday, 30 March
Clinker, pp. 118-230 (vol. 2).
- Monday, 3 April
Clinker, pp. 231-353 (vol. 3).
- Thursday, 6 April
- Matthew Lewis, The
Monk, pp. 1-128 (vol. 1).
- Monday, 10 April
Monk, pp. 129-279 (vol. 2).
- Thursday, 13 April
Monk, pp. 281-442 (vol. 3).
- Monday, 17 April
- Frances Burney, Evelina,
pp. 1-132 (volume 1).
- Thursday, 20 April
pp. 135-225 (through vol. 2, letter 19).
- Monday, 24 April
pp. 225-323 (through vol. 3, letter 10).
- Thursday, 27 April
pp. 324-406; Ian Watt, The Rise of the Novel, chapter 10
("Realism and the Later Tradition: A Note"). Reading journal
- Monday, 1 May
- Conclusion. Final paper (8-10 pages) due.