ENGL 7728 Studies in the Eighteenth-Century Novel (Spring: 3 )
This course investigates what British novelists were up to in the century when prose fiction emerged as a recognizable genre with its own traditions and conventions. We explore such issues as the novelty of the form and its ties to previous forms of discourse; tensions in the novel between historical/social realism and imaginative artifice; interactions of moral, aesthetic and cultural values and norms; relations between psychology and narrative strategy. Close scrutiny of major works by such authors as Behn, Defoe, Richardson, Fielding, Sterne, Johnson, Radcliffe, and Austen.
Instructor(s): Robert Chibka
Last Updated: 24-Jan-14