2017-18 Catalog

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ENG 344 Cr.3

A course focusing on the history and development of the novel, from its putative origins in 18th-century England to its postmodern realizations on the world literature scene. Various theoretical explanations of the novel’s forms and social functions will be examined. The course will foster an understanding of the way narrative discourse functions as a mode of rhetoric, capable of persuading individual readers and even influencing historical trends. The course will also address the variety of formal approaches within the genre, from epistolary, historical and Gothic novels to novels of manners, novels of social protest, and psychological and stream-of consciousness novels. Individual instructors may select examples from both the "high" and "low" forms of the genre, and may include English translations of foreign works. Prerequisites: three credits in 200 level English courses. Offered Every Third Semester.

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