History of the Novel

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Literary Studies

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students
History of the Novel
Spring 2023
Taught By: Carolyn Vellenga Berman
Section: A

CRN: 13353

Credits: 4

This course is a survey of the novel in English from 1700 to the present day. Once derided as an "incentive to seduction," the novel achieved critical acclaim as well as cultural prominence in the mid-nineteenth century; it remains by far the most popular form of printed literature to this day. Starting from the picaresque novel of the eighteenth century, we see how the English novel reached its characteristic mode in the 1800s, with Austen’s domestic drama and Dickens’s sentimental realism. We then look to twentieth-century writers of the greater English-speaking world, for whom the settled novelistic formulas had grown stale, and consider whether they have succeeded in merely putting the genre on life support or in reviving the form for a new era. Readings include: Daniel Defoe, Robinson Crusoe; Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice; Charles Dickens, Great Expectations; Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse; Salman Rushdie, Shame; and Edward P. Jones, The Known World.

After the first week of the semester, permission of the instructor will be required in order to register for this course.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Literary Studies (LLST)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 19

Add/Drop Deadline: February 5, 2023 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 16, 2023 (Sunday)

Seats Available: No

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 12:52am EDT 5/30/2023

Meeting Info:
Days: Tuesday, Thursday
Times: 2:00pm - 3:40pm
Building: Academic Entrance 63 Fifth Ave
Room: 200
Date Range: 1/24/2023 - 5/11/2023