UGRD > ENGL > 490
The Pre-modern and Postmodern Novel
This course connects the postmodern novel being written today to the novel as it was first invented in the eighteenth century. Breaking the illusion of reality, the postmodern novel self-consciously calls attention to its artificial, constructed nature. The eighteenth-century novel has not yet decided that realism is its goal and thus has great fun exploring the limits of character, plot narrator, and setting. This course compares these "novel" explorations, exploring how they reject the linear or chronological plot, the distinctions between author and character, and the typographical structure of the book page itself. The course includes readings in narrative theory and literary history.