The Novel to Jane Austen

English 565, Autumn 2005

Jack Lynch

Course Description


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

Hours: Monday and Wednesday, 9:30-10:30, and by appointment (appointments are best).

Home: (609) 882-4642 (before 10:00 p.m.!).

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

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


Course Requirements


Schedule of Class Meetings

7 Sept.
No Class: I'll be in Germany for a conference.
14 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").
21 Sept.
Daniel Defoe, Moll Flanders; Ian Watt, The Rise of the Novel, chapter 4 ("Defoe as Novelist: Moll Flanders").
28 Sept.
Defoe, Moll Flanders; Michael McKeon, Introduction to The Origins of the English Novel, 1600-1740 (photocopy).
5 Oct.
Samuel Richardson, Pamela, vol. 1 (pp. 1-219); Ian Watt, The Rise of the Novel, chapter 6 ("Private Experience and the Novel").
12 Oct.
Richardson, Pamela, vol. 2 (pp. 221-503); Nancy Armstrong, selection from "The Rise of the Novel," chapter 3 of Desire and Domestic Fiction (photocopy).
19 Oct.
Henry Fielding, Joseph Andrews, books I and II; Ian Watt, The Rise of the Novel, chapter 8 ("Fielding and the Epic Theory of the Novel").
26 Oct.
Fielding, Joseph Andrews, books III and IV; J. Paul Hunter, "The Novel and Social/Cultural History," from The Cambridge Companion to the Eighteenth-Century Novel (photocopy). First Paper Due.
2 Nov.
Laurence Sterne, Tristram Shandy, vols. 1-3; Viktor Shklovsky, "A Parodying Novel: Sterne's Tristram Shandy" (photocopy).
9 Nov.
Sterne, Tristram Shandy, vols. 4-6; D. W. Jefferson, "Tristram Shandy and the Tradition of Learned Wit" (photocopy).
16 Nov.
Sterne, Tristram Shandy, vols. 7-9; Jonathan Lamb, "Sterne and Irregular Oratory," from The Cambridge Companion to the Eighteenth-Century Novel (photocopy).
23 Nov.
No Class: Thanksiving break.
30 Nov.
Matthew Lewis, The Monk; Homer Obed Brown, Preface to Institutions of the English Novel (photocopy).
7 Dec.
Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice; Marilyn Butler, "Jane Austen and the War of Ideas"; Claudia Johnson, "Pride and Prejudice and the Pursuit of Happiness" (both in the Norton Critical Edition). Final Paper Due.