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3000 Series Graduate Course Descriptions

Fielding and Hogarth
S. Dickie 

Course Description
What might we learn about eighteenth-century literature and aesthetics by comparing the works of author Henry Fielding and graphic satirist William Hogarth? Inspired by new scholarship on the ever-complex interaction of word and image, this course will move between literary and visual texts produced at a distinctly transitional moment in the history of representation. Alongside Fielding’s role in the rise of English fiction, we will consider Hogarth’s development of a narrative mode in the graphic arts. These innovations have attracted sophisticated narratological analysis from art historians and we will read a selection of it, while simultaneously analyzing the pictorialism of Fielding’s fiction. In light of new research on the geographical and commercial context in which both worked—eighteenth-century Covent Garden, “the first Bohemia,” as Vic Gatrell has called it—we will also explore the mechanisms of a commercial print culture that operated as much for visual artists as authors.

Course Reading List
Fielding, Joseph Andrews and Shamela, ed. Keymer (Oxford); Tom Jones, ed. Keymer (Penguin); plays, and periodical essays; Claude Rawson, ed., The Cambridge Companion to Henry Fielding (Cambridge UP, 2007); Jenny Uglow, William Hogarth: A Life and a World (Faber & Faber, 2002); Sean Shesgreen, ed., Engravings by Hogarth (Dover).

Course Method of Evaluation and Course Requirements
Seminar presentation and related documents: 30%; Final paper: 50%; Active and informed participation: 20%.

Term: S-Term (Spring Term:  January - April 2017)  
Date/Time: Friday, 1:00pm - 4:00pm, 3 hours
Location: Room JHB 718 (Jackman Humanities Building, 170 St. George Street)
(NB: Room change.)

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The Circum-Atlantic Novel: Utopia to Mansfield Park
A. Hernandez 

Course Description  
“The novel,” declared Georg Lukács, “is an expression of transcendental homelessness.” We will apply this insight quite literally in this course, stressing the novel’s in-betweenness and circulation between nations and empires, genres and forms. Both engaging and problematizing classic accounts of its “rise” in Britain, our picture of the novel will more readily accommodate diversions in its genealogy that reflect our current globalized context. This seminar, however, also doubles as an exploration of several key concepts in novel criticism, British history, and transatlanticism. In fact, its title takes a cue from historian David Armitage, who defines “circum-Atlanticism” as “the history of the Atlantic as a particular zone of exchange and interchange, circulation and transmission.” Hence, we will draw on not only British sources, but also “Oriental,” African, Caribbean, and American texts, linking together the novel and its criticism with the historical contours of global migration in the eighteenth century. Is there a circum-Atlantic account of the novel? How do oriental tales, prose narrative, romance, epic, and utopian fantasy figure in the form’s history, as in fact, intellectual (and oceanic!) currents? How does the experience of being stateless shape novelistic fiction, as well as fictions about an “imagined community”? 

Course Reading List
Primary texts may include: Behn, Oroonoko; Neville, The Isle of Pines; Defoe, Captain Singleton; Arabian Nights Entertainments; Earle, Obi, of the History of Three-Fingered Jack; Austen, Mansfield Park.

Course Method of Evaluation and Course Requirements
Engaged Participation and Weekly Responses (20%); Conference Paper (20%); Mock-Conference Presentation (20%); Final Research Paper (40%)

Term: F-Term (Fall Term:  September - December 2016)
Date/Time: Monday, 9:00am -  12:00pm, 3 hours
Location: Room JHB 718 (Jackman Humanities Building, 170 St. George Street)

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