English 125A

The English Novel (Defoe through Scott)

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
2 Spring 2015 Starr, George A.
TTh 3:30-5 300 Wheeler

Book List

Austen, J.: Persuasion; Beckford, W.: Vathek; Behn, A.: Oroonoko; Burney, F.: Evelina; Defoe, D.: Robinson Crusoe; Godwin, W.: Caleb Williams; Richardson, S.: Pamela; Scott, W.: Bride of Lammermoor; Smollett, T.: Humphry Clinker


A survey of early fiction, much of which pretended to be anything but. Most was published anonymously and purported to be a true "History," "Expedition," or the like, about "Things as They Are." We will consider at the outset why these works so strenuously disavowed their status as romances or novels, and why they disguised themselves as they did.

This course satisfies the pre-1800 requirement for the English major.



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