Department of English

University of Toronto

ENG322Y1Y L5101

ENG322Y1Y   L5101  T6-9
Fiction Before 1832
Instructor: Professor Tom Keymer
Office Location: University College, Room 277

Brief Description of Course: This course traces the emergence of the modern novel from the late seventeenth to the early nineteenth century. Our focus will be on both technical and thematic aspects of the period’s fiction: on the formally experimental quality of much eighteenth-century narrative, and on writers’ use of the genre to address issues of personal and national identity; urban experience and social change; gender and class relations; politics and empire. Some of the primary texts are long and you are advised to read ahead over the summer.

Required Reading: Daniel Defoe, A Journal of the Plague Year (Oxford World’s Classics); Walter Charleton, The Ephesian Matron (Early English Books Online / Text Creation Partnership); Roger L’Estrange (tr.), Five Love-Letters from a Nun to a Cavalier (EEBO/TCP); Aphra Behn, Oroonoko (OWC); Samuel Richardson, Pamela (OWC); William Hogarth, Marriage à-la-mode (; Henry Fielding, Joseph Andrews & Shamela (OWC); Laurence Sterne, A Sentimental Journey (OWC); Tobias Smollett, Humphry Clinker (OWC); William Beckford, Vathek (OWC); Mary Wollstonecraft, The Wrongs of Woman (OWC); Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice (OWC).

First Three Authors/Texts: Defoe, A Journal of the Plague Year; short fictions by Charleton and L’Estrange; Behn, Oroonoko.

Method of Instruction: Lectures with discussion. 

Method of Evaluation: Informed and energetic participation (20%), first-term 2000-word essay (20%), first-term two-hour test (20%), second-term 2000-word essay (20%), final two-hour exam (20%). 

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