The Novel to Jane Austen
English 565, Autumn 2005
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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: firstname.lastname@example.org (the best way to
Listserv: novel @
andromeda.rutgers.edu (for the whole class).
- 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 of these books are available from New
Classroom discussion is easier if you use these editions, but if
you own the novels in other editions, or if you can get cheap
secondhand copies of other editions, you needn't buy new ones.
Additional critical materials are available in a photocopy
- Ian Watt, The Rise of the Novel, California,
- Aphra Behn, Oroonoko, Bedford, ISBN: 0312108133.
- Daniel Defoe, Moll Flanders, Oxford, ISBN:
- Samuel Richardson, Pamela, Oxford, ISBN:
- Henry Fielding, Joseph Andrews and Shamela,
Oxford, ISBN: 019283343X.
- Laurence Sterne, Tristram Shandy, Oxford, ISBN:
- Matthew Lewis, The Monk, Oxford, ISBN:
- Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice, Norton, ISBN:
Schedule of Class Meetings
- 7 Sept.
- No Class: I'll be in Germany for a
- 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:
- 28 Sept.
- Defoe, Moll Flanders; Michael McKeon,
Introduction to The Origins of the English Novel,
- 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
- 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
- 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