In this team-taught lecture course, we will explore the development of the novel as a literary form by reading seven classic novels from the English and American traditions: Henry Fielding’s Tom Jones; Jane Austen’s Emma; Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations; James Joyce’s A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man; William Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury; Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita; and Toni Morrison’s Beloved. Most of these novels are about the familiar but urgent story of young men and women coming into maturity, searching for their identities and place in the world. That search often reveals the growing tensions between the inner desires of the individual and the expectations of society. There will be optional discussion sections held every week, during which interested students can take part in seminar-like discussions about the readings.
The Class: Type: lecture
Requirements/Evaluation: midterm and final exams, one critical essay, and one quiz
Prerequisites: none, though a prior literature course at Williams or a 5 on the AP Literature exam is recommended, but not required
Enrollment Preference: none
Distributions: Division I;
Attributes: ENGL Literary Histories C