The Novel to Jane Austen

English 565, Autumn 2011

Jack Lynch

Course Description


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Office: (973) 353-5204; 531 Hill Hall.

Hours: Monday and Wednesday, 1:00–2:30, 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).


Course Requirements


Schedule of Class Meetings

Thursday, 8 Sept.
No Class: I'll be at a conference.

Monday, 12 Sept.
Introduction: class business, &c.

19 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”).

26 Sept.
Daniel Defoe, Moll Flanders; Ian Watt, The Rise of the Novel, chapter 4 (“Defoe as Novelist: Moll Flanders”).

3 Oct.
Defoe, Moll Flanders; Michael McKeon, Introduction to The Origins of the English Novel, 1600–1740.

10 Oct.
Samuel Richardson, Pamela, vol. 1 (pp. 1–219); Ian Watt, The Rise of the Novel, chapter 6 (“Private Experience and the Novel”).

17 Oct.
Richardson, Pamela, vol. 2 (pp. 221–503); Nancy Armstrong, selection from “The Rise of the Novel,” chapter 3 of Desire and Domestic Fiction.

24 Oct.
Henry 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.

31 Oct.
Laurence Sterne, Tristram Shandy, vols. 1–3; Viktor Shklovsky, “A Parodying Novel: Sterne's Tristram Shandy.”
7 Nov.
Sterne, Tristram Shandy, vols. 4–6; D. W. Jefferson, “Tristram Shandy and the Tradition of Learned Wit.”

14 Nov.
Sterne, Tristram Shandy, vols. 7–9; Jonathan Lamb, “Sterne and Irregular Oratory,” from The Cambridge Companion to the Eighteenth-Century Novel.

21 Nov.
No Class: Wednesday schedule for Thanksgiving.

28 Nov.
Matthew Lewis, The Monk; Homer Obed Brown, Preface to Institutions of the English Novel.

5 Dec.
Frances Burney, Evelina, vols. 1–2; Joanne Cutting-Gray, “Writing Innocence: Fanny Burney's Evelina.”

12 Dec.
Burney, Evelina, vol. 3; Susan Staves, “Evelina; or, Female Difficulties”; Jane Austen, Love and Freindship (copy). Final Paper Due.