The eighteenth century saw the emergence of the novel in its modern form. As a result eighteenth-century novels are all, in different ways, experimental, testing and developing the strategies of narration that characterize realist fiction. The course will study a range of novels, as well as debates among critics who have tried to account for the rise of the novel during this period in history. Readings may include work by Defoe, Richardson, Fielding, Smollett, Burney, Radcliffe, and Austen.
Prerequisite: Any 190 or 200 level literature course or permission from instructor.