Colby College: Histories and Theories of the 18th Century British Novel Spring 2012
Histories and Theories of the 18th Century British Novel---English 318---Spring 2012
Emily Kugler, Instructor
The frequent claim that 18th-century England was the birthplace of the modern novel raises a number of questions. How do certain texts slip in and out of the canon, while others remain fixtures in classrooms, scholarly works, and bookshelves? What do we even mean by "novel"? We will look at bestsellers from the era, texts we now consider "classics," as well as the "fathers of the English novel" and the implications and complications of such labels. We will also look at some recently-discovered novels that are changing the way we view the novel and the 18th century. Alongside these primary sources, we will explore some of the theories, histories, and myths surrounding the "birth of the English novel."
Assignments will mainly be completed in class meetings, on this website (Keywords), and on the class blog. Overlap between these spaces will occur, but I have tried to sort them out in the grade breakdown. For more details on the individual assignments, see the blog.
Keyword-Related Assignments (Total = 30%)
Keyword Contributions ~ 15%
Blog-Related Assignments (Total = 25%)
Blog Post on Keyword Analysis Group Presentation ~ 15%
Commenting ~ 10%
In-Class (Total = 15%)
In-Class Keyword Analysis Group Presentations ~ 15%
Miscellaneous (Total = 30%)
Overall Participation ~ 10%
Final Keyword Paper (Individual or Collaborative)
or Alternative Project Proposed by You ~ 10%
Final Exam ~ 10%
For more information and updates see: [the class WordPress Blog]
For each book, we will focus on specific elements in the text. You can do the above, too, but I believe a focused project will help you sort through the material for Keyword Examples.
Pamela Keyword Guidelines: https://kuglernovels18thc.wordpress.com/2012/02/14/pamela-keyword-guidelines/
Anti-Pamela Keyword Guidelines: https://kuglernovels18thc.wordpress.com/2012/03/10/anti-pamela-keyword-assignment/
Woman of Colour Keyword Guidelines: TBA
Victim of Prejudice Keyword Guidelines: TBA
Pompey Keyword Guidelines: TBA
Places/Spaces/Locations (where things are happening; both proper names and general labels welcome - there will be a possible project for this at the end of the semester for those interested)
Feel free to add more
We will add to this as the semester progresses.
Q. What if a group misses examples of a Keyword? Should I add them? If I do, will I receive credit? A. This is one of the topics I suspect we will tweak midsemester. For now, wait until the end of the week (Thursday) and add examples. You will get credit for one Forum Post per two extra keyword entries. Alternatively, you can add the entries when it is your turn to record them and use them in your own presentation.
Useful Secondary Sources on 18th-century British Novels
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