Prose in the 17th & 18th centuries

Offered By: Faculty of Arts- English Department
Offered in: second Semester, 2011
Course Description: The course explores the rise of the English fiction and nonfiction in the 17th & 18th centuries. It attempts to go beyond the apparent causes that led to the new literary genre, the novel.  The course includes readings, discussions, and videotapes of movies based upon fictional works such as ‘Gulliver’s Travels’, ‘Robinson Crusoe’ and other works. Students experiment, writing their own fiction pieces from selected prose issues related to the themes, motifs, and/worldviews of the texts discussed throughout the course.

Discussions of the set texts will be at an advanced level and will raise wider issues of critical theory and practice. Authors to be studied will include Crusoe, Swift, Sterne, Behn.

Learning Outcomes: The course aims to introduce students to some major authors, works, and kinds of literature from this period of English literary history. On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have enhanced skills of critical analysis, knowledge of early modern English culture, and an informed understanding of literary texts and their contexts.
Indicative Assessment: Written fiction totaling 5,000-3,000 words: Normally one long story or a number of short stories due two weeks before the end of semester.
Prescribed Texts: The Norton Anthology of English Literature, Eighth Edition, Volume 1.
Preliminary Reading: ‘Understanding English Literature’ by Richard Gill and ‘An introduction to Literary Studies’ by Mario Klarer.
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Primary Texts

1) ‘Gulliver’s Travels’

2) ‘Oroonoko’

3) ‘Tristram Shandy’

4) ‘A modest Proposal’

5) ‘Robinson Crusoe’

The Life and Strange Surprizing Adventures of Robinson Crusoe of York, Mariner: Who lived Eight and Twenty Years, all alone in an un-inhabited Island on the coast of America, near the Mouth of the Great River of Oroonoque; Having been cast on Shore by Shipwreck, where-in all the Men perished but himself. With An Account how he was at last as strangely deliver’d by Pyrates. Written by Himself.

Robinson Cruose 1719 1st edition

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