Stories have been told since humans developed language, but the novel developed at a particular time and place, to educate and entertain specific audiences, and as a reflection of specific cultural tensions and developments. In this class we will focus on the origins of the English novel from Daniel Defoe to Jane Austen, considering individual examples of the novel genre as well as looking for trends and patterns over time. During the semester we’ll have a chance to dig into topics including publishing and bookselling, nationhood, personhood, authorship, and history. More than that, we’ll also get to indulge our inner Anglophiles and curl up with some very good books!
Learning activities may include regular writing to communicate ideas via the discussion forum, videos and multimedia materials to support learning, use of web 2.0 tools to illustrate new concepts, and weekly participation in live webinars.
- The English Novel: An Introduction by Terry Eagleton
- Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
- Pamela by Samuel Richardson
- Joseph Andrews by Henry Fielding
- Waverley by Walter Scott
- Emma by Jane Austen