English 349,
The Eighteenth-Century English Novel

Spring 2000

Jack Lynch

Literary historians tell us the English novel "rose" from its primitive origins in the eighteenth century. In this course we'll try to figure out what this "rise" is all about by reading works like Daniel Defoe's Moll Flanders, Samuel Richardson's Pamela, Henry Fielding's Joseph Andrews, and Frances Burney's Evelina, as well as a few of their predecessors. We'll look at sentimentalism, the Gothic novel, the romance, and literary criticism from both the eighteenth century and the twentieth, all in the hopes of understanding the "new" genre of the English novel.