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King Saud University

College of Arts – Department of English Language and Literature

ENG – 251 – Rise of the Novel

Course Syllabus

Course Name – Rise of the Novel

Course Number – English 251

Credit Hours – 3 hours

Location: Main Campus – Olaisha

Office: Building 26, room 3m

Lecturer – Mashael Aldakheel

e-mail: amashael@ksu.edu.sa

KSU SMS – Please register in KSU SMS.  Course ID is 59114

Course Description: The course offers a brief introduction to the genesis and early development as well as the fundamentals of the English novel. It acquaints the student with terms such as plot, characterization, setting, native style, and the like. Also some attention is given to the historical, social, and literary backgrounds of 18th century English. The emphasis, however, is on a close study of a minimum of three representative novels.

Course Aims and Objectives:

  • Explain the genesis and early development as well as the fundamentals of the English novel.
  • Explain terms such as plot, characterization, setting and narrative style.
  • Discuss terms such as plot, characterization, setting and narrative style in relation to specific novels.
  • Discuss relevant intellectual issues.
  • Identify characteristics of the eighteenth century novel in relation to its social and political context.
  • Discuss characteristics of the eighteenth century novel in relation to its social and political context.
  • Apply the range of theoretical and critical approaches in relation to the study of the novel.
  • Compare the two novels.
  • Write a short research paper on novels

 

 

Topics to be Covered:

 

 

Schedule of Assessment:

Points

Week

Assessment Task

Assessment

15

Week 7

1st Midterm

1

10

Every Wednesday / Throughout the Semester

Presentation

2

15

Week 13

2nd Midterm

3

60

Examination Weeks

Final Exam

4

 

Required Texts:

-Daniel Defoe, Robinson Crusoe, Jeffares, ed., York Press, 2008

-Henry Fielding, Joseph Andrews, Jeffares, ed., York Press, 2008

Supplementary Texts / References:

Books:

Ian Watt, The Rise of the Novel, (Hardmondsworth, Penguin Books, 1976)

Maximillian Novak, Defoe and the Nature of Man, (Oxford, Oxford University Press, 1965)

George Starr, Defoe and Spiritual Autobiography, (Princeton, Princeton University Press, 1966)

Martin Battestin, The Moral Basis of Fielding's Art: A Study of Joseph Andrews (1959) The Pelican Guide to English Literature, ed. Boris Ford, 4 (1958)

Ronald Paulson, Satire and the Novel in the Eighteenth-Century England (New Haven, Yale University Press, 1967)

Online Resources:

http://andromeda.rutgers.edu/~jlynch/Lit/20th.html (Useful literary resources)

WVU Libraries: Research Guides: Eighteenth –Century English Novel at:
www.libraries.wvu.edu/guides/novel/

The English Novel Home Page at:
spider.georgetowncollege.edu/English/allen/novpg3.htm

Nineteenth Century English Novel at:
http://academic.brooklyn.cuny.edu/english/melani/novel_19c/

New elements in the English Novel of the period from 1760 to ... www.bartlby.com/220/0301.html

 

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