ENGLISH 460 - Studies in the Novel
Fall 2021, Section 001 - Fiction and Reality
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
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Details

Credits:
3
Waitlist Capacity:
unlimited
Consent:
With permission of instructor.
Repeatability:
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
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Description

Novels are fictional—that is, explicitly made-up stories about imaginary characters—yet they typically strive to convince their readers they are true to life. Taking this paradox as our starting point, this course will explore such questions as: What techniques do novelists use to make their novels seem “realistic”—and what does that even mean? What understanding of reality do novels promote? How have these techniques and these understandings changed over time? What assumptions—about people or society or the universe—guide our own sense of how true-to-life a novel seems? What are the benefits and pitfalls of using novels as a lens through which to view real life?

We will read a series of novels starting in the early nineteenth century and ending in the twenty-first century, along with relevant critical and theoretical work. Likely novels include: Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey (1817); Elizabeth Gaskell, Cousin Phillis (1863); George Eliot, Middlemarch (1872) or Daniel Deronda (1876); Ian McEwan, Atonement (2001); and Valeria Luiselli, Lost Children Archive (2019).

Course Requirements:

Writing requirements will likely consist of frequent, informal response papers and three formal, 5-6 page papers.

Class Format:

Online

Schedule

ENGLISH 460 - Studies in the Novel
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
 In Person
30177
Open
2
 
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MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM

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