The course will acquaint you with a selection of influential British novels, from the early 18th century to the early 20th. Aside from a critical apprehension of the novels themselves, we will try always to view them in the context of broader historical, cultural, and economic forces that give rise to and influence the novel's evolution. We will pay particular attention to the evolving form as a reflection of and commentary on the modern notion of the self. Readings will likely include Defoe, Swift, Austen, Shelley, (Emily) Bronte, Woolf, and others, along with secondary readings.
Two eight-page essays, two one-page position papers, and a final exam