ENGL 216
Introduction to the Novel Spring 2020
Division I

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There was a time when novels as we understand them didn’t exist; then there was a time–centuries–when novels were overwhelmingly the dominant storytelling and literary mode in English. This lecture course will follow the cultural arc of the novel from its beginnings through the later 20th century, when novels competed for cultural space with new storytelling modes. Along the way we will think about what stories are for, generally; why this kind of long-form storytelling was invented; and what cultural work novels do and have done. Possible writers to be studied include Defoe, Austen, Bronte, Dickens, James, Joyce, Nabokov, and Morrison.
The Class: Type: lecture
Limit: 80
Expected: 60
Class#: 3727
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: midterm and final exams, one critical essay, and some short writing assignments
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: students who have pre-registered for the course; thereafter, seniors, then juniors, sophomores, and first-years
Distributions: Division I
Attributes: ENGL Literary Histories B

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