The Novel to Jane Austen

English 565, Autumn 2008

Jack Lynch

Course Description


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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 10:00 p.m.!).

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

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


Course Requirements


Schedule of Class Meetings

3 Sept.
Introduction: class business, &c.
10 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").
17 Sept.
Daniel Defoe, Moll Flanders; Ian Watt, The Rise of the Novel, chapter 4 ("Defoe as Novelist: Moll Flanders").
24 Sept.
Defoe, Moll Flanders; Michael McKeon, Introduction to The Origins of the English Novel, 1600–1740.
1 Oct.
Samuel Richardson, Pamela, vol. 1 (pp. 1–219); Ian Watt, The Rise of the Novel, chapter 6 ("Private Experience and the Novel").
8 Oct.
Richardson, Pamela, vol. 2 (pp. 221–503); Nancy Armstrong, selection from "The Rise of the Novel," chapter 3 of Desire and Domestic Fiction.
15 Oct.
No Class: I'll be away at a conference.
22 Oct.
Fielding, Joseph Andrews; Ian Watt, The Rise of the Novel, chapter 8 ("Fielding and the Epic Theory of the Novel"); J. Paul Hunter, "The Novel and Social/Cultural History," from The Cambridge Companion to the Eighteenth-Century Novel. First Paper Due.
29 Oct.
Laurence Sterne, Tristram Shandy, vols. 1–3; Viktor Shklovsky, "A Parodying Novel: Sterne's Tristram Shandy."
5 Nov.
Sterne, Tristram Shandy, vols. 4–6; D. W. Jefferson, "Tristram Shandy and the Tradition of Learned Wit."
12 Nov.
Sterne, Tristram Shandy, vols. 7–9; Jonathan Lamb, "Sterne and Irregular Oratory," from The Cambridge Companion to the Eighteenth-Century Novel.
19 Nov.
Matthew Lewis, The Monk; Homer Obed Brown, Preface to Institutions of the English Novel.
26 Nov.
No Class: Thanksgiving break.
3 Dec.
Frances Burney, Evelina, vol. 1; Joanne Cutting-Gray, "Writing Innocence: Fanny Burney's Evelina."
10 Dec.
Frances Burney, Evelina, vols. 2–3; Susan Staves, "Evelina; or, Female Difficulties." Final Paper Due.