The Novel to Jane Austen
English 565, Autumn 2011
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- 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 Jersey Books:
- 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:
- Frances Burney, Evelina, Oxford, ISBN:
Classroom discussion is easier if everyone uses 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 and Austen's
Love and Freindship are available through the
library's online reserve.
Schedule of Class Meetings
- Thursday, 8 Sept.
- No Class: I'll be at a conference.
- Monday, 12 Sept.
- Introduction: class business,
- 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
- 26 Sept.
- Daniel Defoe, Moll Flanders; Ian Watt, The
Rise of the Novel, chapter 4 (“Defoe as Novelist:
- 3 Oct.
- Defoe, Moll Flanders; Michael McKeon, Introduction
to The Origins of the English Novel,
- 10 Oct.
- Samuel Richardson, Pamela, vol. 1 (pp.
1–219); Ian Watt, The Rise of the Novel,
chapter 6 (“Private Experience and the
- 17 Oct.
- Richardson, Pamela, vol. 2 (pp. 221–503);
Nancy Armstrong, selection from “The
Rise of the Novel,” chapter 3 of Desire and
- 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,
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
- 7 Nov.
- Sterne, Tristram Shandy, vols. 4–6; D. W.
Shandy and the Tradition of Learned
- 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
- 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
- 12 Dec.
- Burney, Evelina, vol. 3; Susan Staves,
“Evelina; or, Female Difficulties”; Jane
Austen, Love and Freindship (copy). Final