Engl 423 - Syllabus fall 2010

Engl 423 - Syllabus fall 2010 - 1 English Literature...

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1 English Literature 1660-1780: A Genealogy of the English Novel Dr. Chris Freeman ENGL 423/Fall 2010 MWF 11-11:50 (32712) THH 213 Office Hours: THH 436, MWF noon-1pm and by appt. [email protected] “What Restoration and eighteenth-century literature passed on to the future . . . was chiefly a set of unresolved problems. The age of Enlightenment was also, in England, an age that insisted on holding fast to older beliefs and customs; the age of population explosion was also an age of individualism; the age that developed the slave trade was also the age that gave rise to the abolitionist movement; . . .the last classical age was also the first modern age.” Lawrence Lipking and James Noggle , Norton Anthology of English Literature The Course and Its Goals This course will use literature and social/intellectual/cultural history to explore a little more than a hundred years of English literature. Variously referred to as the restoration period, the Augustan period, and, more generally, as the Age of Enlightenment, these years represent a post-renaissance, post- Shakespearean world in which the epic poem, the essay, satire, theatrical drama and comedy, and the novel were the dominant forms. For this particular version of the course,   we’ll focus on the novel’s engagement with other literary genres to account for its subsequent emergence as “the dominant form in Victorian literature” ( Norton Anthology, Christ and Robson, eds ). We will address questions such as: how did the novel develop in English from the turn of the eighteenth century? How did it compete with other, more established forms like the epic, plays, and poems? What is the relationship between fiction and nonfiction in this time? How did changes in the political and social climate and global concerns affect the development of the form? What about issues of family, gender, and economics—this is the period in which capitalism emerges as the economic order of the western world. This period reflects a turbulent time in English history, when a generation of oppressive Puritan rule was succeeded by a more continental, sophisticated, and risqué royalist atmosphere. Such a shift, though, was accompanied by turbulence, dissent, and a growing recognition of the reality of a new, international world, which England became more and more focused on dominating. To begin to understand this era and its ideas, we will read and research such writers and thinkers as Daniel Defoe, John Dryden, Aphra Behn, Jonathan Swift, Henry Fielding, Alexander Pope, Samuel Johnson, and Jane Austen, who represents the way of the future in her historical place at the turn of the nineteenth century. You should leave this course with a firm grounding in the literary history of the restoration and eighteenth century as well as with increased knowledge of the criticism and theory growing out of this period. You should also have developed a clearer sense of how this period shaped the future of English life and letters. The Contract
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Engl 423 - Syllabus fall 2010 - 1 English Literature...

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