ENGL241 - What the Novel Does
0101-0108 - John Auchard

This is a course for readers. The reading will be substantial. We will consider in depth at least six novels, not in terms of chronological development (this is not a course on the history of the novel), but rather to see how different kinds of novels work in different ways. We will work with some short and medium-length novels, and we will read one long nineteenth-century novel, Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre. Other authors include Henry James, Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Virginia Woolf. At least one work will come from outside the canon of American and British literature, The Concubine by the Nigerian novelist Elechi Amadi. Discussion groups, pop quizzes, mid-term, final, and a final paper. Excellent attendance is required; absences in the discussion group sessions will severely hurt your final grade. Books must be brought to class for each class session, as well as to all discussion groups. NO LAPTOPS CAN BE USED OR KEPT OPEN DURING THE LECTURES.