Sex and Sensibility: 18th Century British Fiction
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Division: Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts
Department: Literary Studies
Course Number: LLSL 2331
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: Yes
This course surveys British fiction in the eighteenth century, when the novel flourished as a popular form of literature and attracted critical attention as a dangerously potent genre. We read five crucial novels by Daniel Defoe (Roxana), Samuel Richardson (Pamela), Laurence Sterne (Tristram Shandy), Frances Burney (Evelina), and Maria Edgeworth (Castle Rackrent) as well as satirical narratives (Gulliver’s Travels, Shamela, and Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey). We consider why eighteenth-century readers embraced the publication of pseudo-autobiographies, fictive letters, alien adventures, and gothic horror stories - and why critics were appalled.
Course Open to: Degree Students