ENGLISH 630 - Special Topics
Section: 002 Big Books, Small Worlds: 1700-1850
Term: FA 2017
Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
Credits:
3
Consent:
With permission of department.
Repeatability:
May be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

We will read the longest books of four or five authors, focusing on the nature of networks, in theory and practice. Some questions we will consider: how do bigger books meet a shrinking world? How do these long novels manage or model complexity? How do books manage collisions of viewpoints? How is the novel form representative?

Primary readings will be drawn from novels such as Fielding’s Tom Jones, Richardson’s Clarissa (an abridged version of this million-word classic), Sterne’s Tristram Shandy, Austen’s Mansfield Park, Dickens’s Bleak House, Eliot’s Middlemarch. Secondary readings will include selections from network theory, social network analysis, actor-network theory, and so on. If there is interest, we will develop some practice with digital tools for network analysis, such as Cytoscape. Participants will be responsible for one or more brief presentations on the readings, several one-page reading responses, and an end-of-term essay.

ENGLISH 630 - Special Topics
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
P
31131
Open
1
 
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Tu 4:00PM - 7:00PM
002 (SEM)
P
25980
Open
4
 
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MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
003 (SEM)
P
28748
Closed
0
 
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Tu 6:00PM - 9:00PM
004 (SEM)
P
34187
Open
1
 
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M 4:00PM - 7:00PM
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ISBN: 0141439807
Mansfield Park, Author: by Jane Austen. --, Publisher: J. M. Dent & sons, ltd. 1913
Required
ISBN: 9781551114750
Clarissa, or, The history of a young lady, Author: Samuel Richardson ; edited by Toni Bowers and John Richetti., Publisher: Broadview Press Abridged e 2011
Required
ISBN: 0140436227
The history of Tom Jones, a foundling, Author: Henry Fielding, Publisher: Penguin New ed. 2005
Required
ISBN: 0141439726
Bleak House, Author: Charles Dickens ; edited with an introduction and notes by Nicola Bradbury ; preface by Terry Eagleton, Publisher: Penguin Books Reprint. w 2003
Required
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