The Rise of the English Novel

This course explores the fascinating journey and rich diversity of the history and development of the English novel from being the second cousin to drama and poetry in the 1700s to become the dominant literary form of modern times. Journey across the centuries and the genres to delve into the great novelists and novels of the English speaking world.


COURSE OUTLINE

  • “What A Novel Idea!”: The birth of the modern novel with the triumvirate fathers: Daniel Dafoe, Samuel Richardson and Henry Fielding set against the Industrial Revolution and the rise of a new middle class.
  • The Devil is in the Detail: Examines the gothic genre and enduring classics.
  • Masses for the Masses: Explores the 19thC Victorian era of mass-produced books for the literate and literature-hungry masses covering a huge range of popular and influential books.
  • Sense and Sensibility – The Art of Jane Austen: This session examines the extraordinary enduring quality of Austen’s works and their ironic description of genteel Victorian life.
  • “By Dickens He Can Write!”: This session concentrates on Charles Dickens and his enormous contribution to literature both as a novelist and as a critic of 19thC abuses.
  • A Novel for All Seasons: Exploration of the English novel in the 20thC and the incredible diversity of style, themes and social commentary.
  • Pen Pals: England is not the only home of outstanding English fiction. Writers from across the world have contributed to the wealth and richness of the English canon.
  • And Just for Fun: A look at mass or ‘pop’ fiction that is pure entertainment and diversion and that attracts the really big money through massive sales – the novel is certainly not dead nor will it be so in the near future.


PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Identify and understand the major developments in the rise of the novel set against the social and historical backdrop of England.
  2. Appreciate and discuss the diversity in fiction genres.
  3. Understand and appreciate the social and cultural value of seminal works of fiction over the last four centuries.
  4. Initiate or revisit a wide reading program in fiction with the ability to understand, evaluate and appreciate the qualities of the texts they read.
$232 Limited / $209

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