The Eighteenth-Century English Novel
English 349, Autumn 2001
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- Written Assignments: There will be two papers, the first of around 1,500
words (six pages), the second of 2,000 (eight pages). There are
also four short "OED Exercises," in which you'll provide brief
reports of your discoveries in the Oxford English
Dictionary (we'll discuss these in class).
- Final Exam: A final examination will include
identification of quotations, close reading, and short essays.
- 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, and your
final grade will be lowered by half a grade for each unexcused
absence after the second. The same policy applies to late papers:
I'll grant extensions, but only if you talk to me before
the due date.
- Class Participation: Regular and active class
participation (including doing the readings) is essential, and
counts for a large part of your grade.
- Computing: Some essential information will be
available only electronically. All students therefore
must have an E-mail account by the end of the first
week of classes, and must be able to use the World
Wide Web. Participation in the mailing list
(lynch349 @ andromeda.rutgers.edu) will count toward the class
participation grade. I'll provide any computing help you need.
- Plagiary: It should go without saying, but
all work in this class must be your own. Handing in
someone else's work as your own will result in an F for the
course with no second chance, and may result in disciplinary
action. I encourage you to use outside sources, but you
have to cite anything you didn't write yourself. If you have even
an inkling of a doubt about what's legitimate or how to cite
something, see me before handing in the paper.
All the books are available from New Jersey Books; many are also
available on-line. Classroom discussion is easier if you use the
editions I've ordered, but if you own the novels in other
editions, you needn't buy new copies.
Schedule of Class Meetings
- Tuesday, 4 Sept.:
- Introduction (class business, &c.).
- Thursday, 6 Sept.:
- Thomas Malory, "Syr
Launcelot du Lake," from Le Morte Darthur (c.
- Tuesday, 11 Sept.:
- Eliza Haywood, "Fantomina"
(1725); Ian Watt, The Rise of the Novel, chapter 1
("Realism and the Novel Form").
- Thursday, 13 Sept.:
- Daniel Defoe, Moll
Flanders (1722), pp. 1-105. OED Exercise 1 (on Malory
or Haywood) due.
- Tuesday, 18 Sept.:
Flanders, pp. 105-89; Ian Watt, The Rise of the
Novel, chapter 2 ("The Reading Public and the Rise of the
- Thursday, 20 Sept.:
Flanders, pp. 269-343; Ian Watt, The Rise of the
Novel, chapter 4 ("Defoe as Novelist: Moll
- Tuesday, 25 Sept.:
- Samuel Richardson, Pamela (1740), pp. 1-98.
- Thursday, 27 Sept.:
- Pamela, pp. 98-219; Ian Watt, The Rise of the
Novel, chapter 6 ("Private Experience and the Novel").
- Tuesday, 2 Oct.:
- Pamela, pp. 221-367.
- Thursday, 4 Oct.:
- Pamela, pp. 367-503; Ian Watt, The Rise of the
Novel, chapter 5 ("Love and the Novel: Pamela").
- Tuesday, 9 Oct.:
- Henry Fielding, Shamela (1741). OED Exercise 2 (on
Defoe or Richardson) due.
- Thursday, 11 Oct.:
- Henry Fielding, Joseph Andrews (1742), Book I; Ian
Watt, The Rise of the Novel, chapter 8 ("Fielding and the
Epic Theory of the Novel").
- Tuesday, 16 Oct.:
- Joseph Andrews, Book II; Samuel Johnson on Richardson
and Fielding (photocopy).
- Thursday, 18 Oct.:
- Joseph Andrews, Book III.
- Tuesday, 23 Oct.:
- Joseph Andrews, Book IV. FIRST
PAPER (5-7 pages) DUE.
- Thursday, 25 Oct.:
- Tobias Smollett, Humphry
Clinker (1771), vol. 1.
- Tuesday, 30 Oct.:
Clinker, vol. 2.
- Thursday, 1 Nov.:
Clinker, vol. 3.
- Tuesday, 6 Nov.:
- Henry Mackenzie, The Man of Feeling (1771).
- Thursday, 8 Nov.:
- The Man of Feeling. OED Exercise 3 (on Fielding,
Smollett, or Mackenzie) due.
- Tuesday, 13 Nov.:
- Matthew Lewis, The
Monk (1796), vol. 1.
- Thursday, 15 Nov.:
Monk, vol. 2.
- Tuesday, 20 Nov.:
Monk, vol. 3.
- Thursday, 22 Nov.
- No class: Thanksgiving break.
- Tuesday, 27 Nov.:
- Frances Burney, Evelina
(1778), pp. 1-132 (volume 1).
- Thursday, 29 Nov.:
pp. 135-225 (through vol. 2, letter 19).
- Tuesday, 4 Dec.:
pp. 225-323 (through vol. 3, letter 10).
- Thursday, 6 Dec.:
pp. 324-406; Ian Watt, The Rise of the Novel, chapter 10
("Realism and the Later Tradition: A Note"). OED Exercise 4
(on Lewis or Burney) due.
- Tuesday, 11 Dec.:
- Conclusion. FINAL
PAPER (8-10 pages) DUE.