The English Novel to Jane Austen
English 565, Autumn 2001
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- Written Assignments: There will be two argumentative
and analytical papers, the first of around ten pages (2,500
words), the second either a new paper of around ten
pages, or an expansion of your first paper to fifteen to
twenty pages (3,500 to 5,000 words).
- Reports and Annotated Bibliographies: Each student
will be particularly responsible for the readings on one day of
the semester, producing and distributing (on paper or by E-mail)
a short annotated bibliography of relevant criticism and then
beginning class with an oral report of around ten minutes. The
report should begin with a very brief discussion of the
day's annotated bibliography, giving a quick overview of the
major scholarship on the topic. Thereafter, the topic is anything
relevant to the day's readings. A good report will raise as many
fruitful questions as possible and get discussion rolling.
Anything that will help handouts, short readings for the
rest of the class is welcome and encouraged.
- Readings: This is a novel course, so the reading load
is unavoidably heavy. Do what you can to keep up, and talk to me
if you get overwhelmed. All the books are available from New
Jersey Books. 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 ones. Additional critical materials
are available in a photocopy packet from Print Media Services at
160 University Ave. (across from New Jersey Books).
Schedule of Class Meetings
- Tuesday, 4 Sept.:
- Introduction (class business, &c.).
- Tuesday, 11 Sept.:
- Aphra Behn, Oroonoko; Ian Watt, The Rise of the
Novel, chapters 1 ("Realism and the Novel Form") and 2 ("The
Reading Public and the Rise of the Novel").
- Tuesday, 18 Sept.:
- Daniel Defoe, Robinson Crusoe; Ian Watt, The Rise
of the Novel, chapter 3 ("Robinson Crusoe,
Individualism and the Novel").
- Tuesday, 25 Sept.:
- Samuel Richardson, Pamela, vol. 1 (pp. 1-219); Ian
Watt, The Rise of the Novel, chapter 6 ("Private
Experience and the Novel").
- Tuesday, 2 Oct.:
- Pamela, vol. 2 (pp. 221-503); Nancy Armstrong,
selection from "The Rise of the Novel," chapter 3 of Desire
and Domestic Fiction (photocopy).
- Tuesday, 9 Oct.:
- Henry Fielding, Tom Jones, books I through VI; Ian
Watt, The Rise of the Novel, chapter 8 ("Fielding and the
Epic Theory of the Novel").
- Tuesday, 16 Oct.:
- Tom Jones, books VII through XII; J. Paul Hunter,
"The Novel and Social/Cultural History," from The Cambridge
Companion to the Eighteenth-Century Novel (photocopy).
- Tuesday, 23 Oct.:
- Tom Jones, books XIII-XVIII; Michael McKeon,
Introduction to The Origins of the English Novel,
1600-1740 (photocopy). FIRST
- Tuesday, 30 Oct.:
- Laurence Sterne, Tristram Shandy, vols. 1-3; Viktor
Shklovsky, "The Parody Novel: Sterne's Tristram Shandy"
- Tuesday, 6 Nov.:
- Tristram Shandy, vols. 4-6; D. W. Jefferson,
"Tristram Shandy and the Tradition of Learned Wit"
- Tuesday, 13 Nov.:
- Tristram Shandy, vols. 7-9; Jonathan Lamb, "Sterne and
Irregular Oratory," from The Cambridge Companion to the
Eighteenth-Century Novel (photocopy).
- Tuesday, 18 Nov.:
- NO CLASS: Thursday
- Tuesday, 27 Nov.:
- Matthew Lewis, The
Monk; Homer Obed Brown, Preface to Institutions of the
English Novel (photocopy).
- Tuesday, 4 Dec.:
- Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice; Stuart Tave,
"Limitations and Definitions"; Marilyn Butler, "Jane Austen and
the War of Ideas" (both in the Norton Critical Edition).
- Tuesday, 11 Dec.:
- Pride and Prejudice; Claudia Johnson, "Pride and
Prejudice and the Pursuit of Happiness"; Deborah Kaplan,
"Circles of Support" (both in the Norton Critical Edition).