ENGL455 - The Eighteenth-Century English Novel
0101 - Tita Chico

While the novel as a form is very familiar to contemporary readers, the topic of this course is its beginnings in the late seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Whether set inexotic locales, rural English homes, or the metropolis of London, novels represented reputedly “ordinary” people—often adolescents—and their daily lives. But what constituted a novel and how it influenced readers was debated throughout the century, and even its name (“novel,” “romance,” “history,” “moral tale”) was fluid. The novels we will consider are experimental, adventurous, and metafictional, and they will provoke us to evaluate what we expect of the genre, how it functions, and its aesthetic and cultural stakes. Authors mayinclude Aphra Behn, Daniel Defoe, Eliza Haywood, Samuel Richardson, Henry Fielding, Laurence Sterne, Frances Burney, and Sarah Scott.


Two English courses in literature or permission of the department.