The Eighteenth-Century English Novel

English 349, Autumn 2008

Jack Lynch

Course Description


Go directly to:

SeptemberOctoberNovemberDecember


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

Hours: Wednesday and Friday, 10:30–11:30, 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: 18thCNovel @ andromeda.rutgers.edu (for the whole class).


Course Requirements


Schedule of Class Meetings

Wednesday, 3 Sept.:
Introduction (class business, &c.).
Friday, 5 Sept.:
Thomas Malory, "Syr Launcelot du Lake," from Le Morte Darthur (c. 1475).

Wednesday, 10 Sept.:
Eliza Haywood, "Fantomina" (1725); Ian Watt, The Rise of the Novel, chapter 1 ("Realism and the Novel Form").
Friday, 12 Sept.:
Daniel Defoe, Moll Flanders (1722), pp. 1–105. OED Exercise 1 Due: Malory or Haywood.

Wednesday, 17 Sept.:
Moll Flanders, pp. 105–269; Ian Watt, The Rise of the Novel, chapter 2 ("The Reading Public and the Rise of the Novel").
Friday, 19 Sept.:
Moll Flanders, pp. 269–343; Ian Watt, The Rise of the Novel, chapter 4 ("Defoe as Novelist: Moll Flanders").

Wednesday, 24 Sept.:
Samuel Richardson, Pamela (1740), pp. 1–98.
Friday, 26 Sept.:
Pamela, pp. 98–219; Ian Watt, The Rise of the Novel, chapter 6 ("Private Experience and the Novel").

Wednesday, 1 Oct.:
Pamela, pp. 221–367.
Friday, 3 Oct.:
Pamela, pp. 367–503; Ian Watt, The Rise of the Novel, chapter 5 ("Love and the Novel: Pamela").

Wednesday, 8 Oct.:
Henry Fielding, Shamela (1741). OED Exercise 2 Due: Defoe or Richardson.
Friday, 10 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").

Wednesday, 15 Oct.:
No Class: I'll be away for a conference.

Friday, 17 Oct.:
No Class: I'll be away for a conference.

Wednesday, 22 Oct.:
Joseph Andrews, Books II–IV. First Paper Due (5–7 pages).
Friday, 24 Oct.:
Tobias Smollett, Humphry Clinker (1771), vol. 1.

Wednesday, 29 Oct.:
Humphry Clinker, vol. 2.
Friday, 31 Oct.:
Humphry Clinker, vol. 3. OED Exercise 3 Due: Fielding, Smollett, or Mackenzie.

Wednesday, 5 Nov.:
Henry Mackenzie, The Man of Feeling (1771).
Friday, 7 Nov.:
No Class: Another conference.

Wednesday, 12 Nov.:
The Man of Feeling.
Friday, 14 Nov.:
Matthew Lewis, The Monk (1796), vol. 1.

Wednesday, 19 Nov.:
The Monk, vol. 2.
Friday, 21 Nov.
The Monk, vol. 3.

Wednesday, 26 Nov.:
Frances Burney, Evelina (1778), pp. 1–132 (volume 1). OED Exercise 4 Due: Lewis or Burney.
Friday, 28 Nov.:
No Class: Thanksgiving break.

Wednesday, 3 Dec.:
Evelina, pp. 135–225 (through vol. 2, letter 19).
Friday, 7 Dec.:
Evelina, pp. 225–323 (through vol. 3, letter 10).

Wednesday, 10 Dec.:
Evelina, pp. 324–406; Ian Watt, The Rise of the Novel, chapter 10 ("Realism and the Later Tradition: A Note"). Final Paper Due (8–10 pages).