GRAD > ENGL > 640
The Rise of the Novel
This course investigates the invention of a new literary form: the novel. Readings will range from the late seventeenth century to early nineteenth century, including authors such as Behn, Defoe, Fielding, Richardson, Sterne, Inchbald, and Austen and sub-genres such as the sentimental novel and gothic tale. The course will trace developments in the novel's formal structure (such as the narrator), question the goals of the novel (such as "realism"), and connect the novel to cultural practices (such as crime and courtship).