This course is designed to give advanced undergraduates the opportunity to experience
Samuel Richardson’s masterpiece Clarissa, the most important work of eighteenth-century British prose fiction. Several weeks will be devoted to closely reading the novel. Then, students will consider critical interpretations of Clarissa as well as works of literary theory that may inform new interpretations of the novel, or of epistolary fiction in general.
This is the second semester of a two-semester course in Epistolary Fiction. Each of the two semester-long sections can stand alone, and each fulfills different requirements within the English major. The first semester is historically and generically driven, the second semester is more theoretically driven and is built around a single epistolary novel, Clarissa.