LITT08011 2017 Literature: The Novel
This module will explore the emergence and reception of the novel in relation to its historical and literary contexts, and to its adoption, and adaptation, of particular voices and forms. The module will examine the development of different traditions of novel writing, explore innovations to the novel as a form made since the seventeenth century, place the English novel in the context of the European novel, and introduce the learners to a range of important discussions about the novel as a genre, its audiences, its cultural function and its relation to the social world.
On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;
- demonstrate an understanding of how the novel has emerged and developed across a range of different periods and cultural contexts
- demonstrate an understanding of structural, formal and technical elements of the novel
discuss how literary form both generates meaning and relates to its historical and cultural contexts
- analyse relevant theoretical ideas and apply these ideas to literary texts
Situate eighteenth-century novels within a number of different contemporary contexts, including attitudes towards gender and the body, emerging literary tastes and publication practices;
Analyse the language, structure and narrative techniques deployed in a range of eighteenth-century novels;
- Demonstrate the ability to research for seminars, workshops and essays
Teaching and Learning Strategies
lectures, seminars, workshops, discussion and guided independent study
Module Assessment Strategies
written exam, written assignment including essay, course contribution.
The syllabus will explore the multiplicities of fictions and pleasure readings which flooded the newly open London print market in the 18th century; the burgeoning readership as literacy spread among the poor and women; the legal question of intellectual property raised by blatant piracy of successful works; the construction of gender and sexuality, the question of the class position of the novel, in relation to other genres; the rise of a powerful “public sphere” in which news and opinions were shared, and of the social habit of sharing letters; and the importance of religion to the growing respectability of prose fiction.
Learners will read selections from many different novels, though there will be a handful which will be read in full. Learners will examine theories of gender and sexuality, cultural studies and politics, in their reading of the eighteenth-century novel.
This module addresses these questions through a study of major eighteenth-century novelists including Daniel Defoe, Henry Fielding, Laurence Sterne, Aphra Behn, Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, Mary Shelley, George Eliot, Thomas Hardy, Henry James, Joseph Conrad and Oscar Wilde.
In addition, learners will be asked to lead class discussions on the novel.
Coursework & Assessment Breakdown
|Title||Type||Form||Percent||Week||Learning Outcomes Assessed|
|1||course contribution||Continuous Assessment||Performance Evaluation||50 %||OnGoing||1,2,3,4,5,6,7|
End of Semester / Year Assessment
|Title||Type||Form||Percent||Week||Learning Outcomes Assessed|
|1||Final Exam||Final Exam||Practical Evaluation||50 %||End of Term||1,2,3,4,5,6,7|
Full Time Mode Workload
|Seminar||Flat Classroom||Discussion and group activities||3||Weekly||3.00|
Daniel Defoe, Roxana (1724);
Eliza Haywood, Fantomina (1725);
Samuel Richardson, Pamela (1740);
Henry Fielding, Shamela (1741); Laurence Sterne, A Sentimental Journey (1768)
Henry Mackenzie, The Man of Feeling (1771)
Mary Wollstonecraft, Maria (1798)
Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility (1811)
Maria Edgeworth, Castle Rackrent (1800)
Cavendish, Margaret. A Description of the New World Called the Blazing World (1666), in Paper Bodies: A Margaret Cavendish Reader. Broadview ed.
Defoe, Daniel. Robinson Crusoe (1719), Norton ed.
Haywood, Eliza. Love in Excess (1719), Broadview ed.
Richardson, Samuel. Pamela (1741), Oxford ed.
Fielding, Henry. Joseph Andrews & Shamela (1742), Oxford ed.
Sterne, Laurence. Tristram Shandy (1760-67), Norton ed.
Inchbald, Elizabeth.A Simple Story (1792), Broadview ed.
Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECC0) www.lib.ncsu-->databases---> E Primary Texts for the whole century
Early English Books Online via Hill Library www.lib.ncsu.edu --> databases --> E Primary texts, alas, only the year 1700.
18th-Century Studies Discussion List, "Selected Readings," bibliography of current studies in the field. http://www.personal.psu.edu/special/C18/sr/sr.htm
The Voice of the Shuttle
http://vos.ucsb.edu chose Literature--English--Restoration and 18th Century--Authors, Works Projects
John Richetti, The Cambridge Companion to the Eighteenth Century Novel Victorian, Cambridge University Press, 2006.
Michael McKeon ed., Theory of the Novel: A Historical Approach, (Johns Hopkins, 2000) ISBN-10 080186397X, ISBN 13 978-0801863974
Cheryl L. ed., NixonNovel Definitions: An Anthology of Commentary on the Novel, 1688-1815, (Broadview 2009) ISBN 978-1-55111-646-4
John Richetti and Paula Backscheider eds., Popular Fiction by Women 1660-1730, (Oxford UP, 1997) ISBN-10: 0198711379; ISBN-13: 978-0198711377
Samuel Richardson, Pamela ed. Thomas Keymer, Alice Wakley (Oxford World Classics) 2008; ISBN-10: 019953649X; ISBN-13: 978-0199536498
Judith Hawley, ed.,Henry Fielding, Joseph Andrew and Shamela, (Penguin Classics) 1999, ISBN-10: 0140433864; ISBN-13: 978-0140433869
Frances Burney, Cecilia ed. Peter Sabor and Margaret Anne Doody (Oxford Classics) 2009, 2009 ISBN-10: 019955238X; ISBN-13: 978-0199552382
- Armstrong, Nancy. How Novels Think: The Limits of Individualism from 1719-1900. New York: Columbia UP, 2005. Print.
- Hunter, J. Paul. Before Novels : The Cultural Contexts of Eighteenth-Century English Fiction. New York: Norton, 1990. Print.
- McKeon, Michael. The Origins of the English Novel, 1600-1740. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins UP, 1987. Print
- Spacks, Patricia. Imagining a Self : Autobiography and Novel in Eighteenth-Century England. Cambridge: Harvard UP, 1976. Print.
- Spencer, Jane. The Rise of the Woman Novelist: from Aphra Behn to Jane Austen. New York: Blackwell, 1986. Print.
- Watt, Ian P. The Rise of the Novel : Studies in Defoe, Richardson and Fielding. 1957. 2nd. ed. Berkeley: U California P, 2001.