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ENGL 4012 The Novel in English (Spring: 3 )

Course Description

A survey of major novels in English from 1719 to 2000 focusing on detailed textual readings: of narrative modes, voice, and focalization; style; the creation of characters and manipulation of sympathy; the structuring of plot. Developing our receptivity, in different registers and in different scales of attention, to the many, sometimes contradictory, effects of these texts, we will also ask questions about the genre over time: about its coherence as a tradition; how it represents (or doesn’t) interiority, desire, and embodied experience; how it understands (and perhaps shapes) domesticity, the public sphere, and various forms of affiliation and self-definition.

Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Kevin Ohi

Prerequisites: None

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Comments: Fulfills pre-1900 requirement.

Last Updated: 18-Oct-17