English 125A

The English Novel (Defoe through Austen)

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Spring 2010 Starr, George A.
Starr, George
MWF 2-3 122 Wheeler

Other Readings and Media

Behn, A.: Oronooko; Defoe, D.: Moll Flanders; Richardson, S.: Pamela; Smollett, T.: Humphry Clinker; Burney, F.: Evelina; Beckford, W.: Vathek; Godwin, W.: Caleb Williams; Austen, J.: Persuasion


A survey of early fiction, much of which pretended to be anything but. Most of it, published anonymously, 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 for purposes of disguise they chose the genres they did.

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

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