Richard J. Dunn
Study of the development of this major and popular modern literary form in the eighteenth century. Readings of the best of the novelists who founded the form, and some minor ones, from Defoe to Fielding, Richardson, and Sterne, early Austen, and the gothic and other writers.
Novels by Defoe, Richardson, Fielding, Walpole and Mackenzie
Student learning goals
The novelty of the novel as it began in English
Reading fiction of another time and place with an understanding of what was particularly at stake both then and now
An understanding of the relationship of fictional and nonfictional writings
Read with more attention to what is both seen and heard through the medium of writing.
General method of instruction
Short lecture and much discussion
The ability and commitment to read long works of fiction, a curiosity about both the actualities and fictions that interested readers then and now.
Class assignments and grading
Midterm and final, one of which will be in class; the out of class writing will be a paper, with suggested topics provided, of 5-7 pages