English 190

Research Seminar: Daniel Defoe and the Rise of the 18th-Century Novel


Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
12 Spring 2016 Starr, George A.
TTh 3:30-5 214 Haviland

Other Readings and Media

For purposes of seminar discussions we’ll probably rely on Penguin editions of Robinson Crusoe, A Journal of the Plague Year, Moll Flanders, and Roxana, and on Oxford editions of Captain Singleton and Colonel Jacque. For research purposes, and for some texts such as A New Voyage round the World not available in paperback, we’ll be using the electronic version of the 44-volume Pickering & Chatto edition of Defoe’s writings available from Intelex, and/or photocopies.

Description

Reading, discussing, and writing mainly about the fictional works of Daniel Defoe, and (depending on student interests) about contemporary writing on some of Defoe’s subjects, such as overseas commerce, colonies, and piracy; the predicaments of women and orphans in a patriarchal, class-governed society; the tensions between trade and morality, and between natural and supernatural, in an increasingly secular world, &c.

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This section of English 190 satisfies the pre-1800 requirement for the English major.

 

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