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ENGL 3355 Eighteenth-Century Adventure Fiction (Fall: 3 )

Course Description

Eighteenth-century novels are rife with shipwrecks, seduction, and travels through unknown lands. Not merely entertainment, these books showcase the excitement and anxieties British writers and readers had about their rapidly changing world. We will analyze how such adventure fiction evolved alongside cultural shifts like the Scientific Revolution, the first professional female authors, the rise of modern economics, burgeoning colonial ideologies, and new opinions about government and individualism. The reading list includes the earliest science fiction novel (Cavendish), tales of exploration and survival (Defoe), the exploits of pirates and thieves (Fielding), and the escapades of the century’s most unsinkable heroines (Aubin, Lennox).

Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Rebekah Mitsein

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments: Fulfills the pre-1900 requirement.

Last Updated: 24-Jun-17