Course designed to introduce students to the intellectual, historical and aesthetic importance of the novelistic tradition. Selection of works from the 19th century to the present may include Austen, Dickens, Flaubert, James, Woolf, Ellison, Nabokov, Rushdie, and Franzen, and others.
ENGL 250: History of the Novel
Instructor: Sam Stoeltje (firstname.lastname@example.org)
From texts described as “novels” today, we tend to expect a certain length, a certain style, and a certain kind of story, taking place in a certain kind of world. This course will consider novels that frustrate our expectations: through lyricism, use of graphic images, self-reflexivity, or style, or through representing unfamiliar, even impossible, worlds. We will ask whether, and how, these works that challenge the generic form of the novel also challenge systems of power such as capitalism, colonialism, white supremacy and heteropatriarchy. Texts will be drawn from the eighteenth century to the twenty-first; authors may include: Hum-Ishu-Ma (Mourning Dove), Herman Melville, Ralph Ellison, Vikram Seth, and Toni Morrison.
This course satisfies a Division 1 (D1) distribution requirement.