The English Novel to Jane Austen

English 565, Autumn 2001

Jack Lynch

Course Description


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Office: (973) 353-5279 x 516; 516 Hill Hall.

Hours: Tuesday, 2:30-4:00, and by appointment (appointments are best).

Home: (609) 882-4642 (before 10:30 p.m.!).

E-mail: jlynch@andromeda.rutgers.edu (the best way to reach me).

Listserv: lynch565@andromeda.rutgers.edu (for the whole class).


Course Requirements


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 PAPER DUE.

Tuesday, 30 Oct.:
Laurence Sterne, Tristram Shandy, vols. 1-3; Viktor Shklovsky, "The Parody Novel: Sterne's Tristram Shandy" (photocopy).

Tuesday, 6 Nov.:
Tristram Shandy, vols. 4-6; D. W. Jefferson, "Tristram Shandy and the Tradition of Learned Wit" (photocopy).

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 Schedule.

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). FINAL PAPER DUE.