Sex and Sensibility: 18th Century British Fiction

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Literary Studies

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

18th Century British Fiction

Fall 2021

Taught By: Carolyn Vellenga Berman

Section: A

CRN: 11120

Credits: 4

This course surveys British fiction in the eighteenth century, when the novel flourished as a popular form of literature and attracted critical attention as a dangerously potent genre. We read five crucial novels by Daniel Defoe (Roxana), Laurence Sterne (Tristram Shandy), Horace Walpole (The Castle of Otranto), Frances Burney (Evelina), and Maria Edgeworth (Belinda) as well as satirical narratives (Fielding’s Shamela, and Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey). We consider why eighteenth-century readers embraced the publication of pseudo-autobiographies, fictive letters, alien adventures, and gothic horror stories – and why critics were appalled. This course fulfills the Literature elective requirement in Literary Studies. 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)

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: September 13, 2021 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 21, 2021 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every five 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: 11:06pm 12/6/2021 EST

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday, Thursday

Times: 12:00pm - 1:40pm

Building: Johnson/Kaplan 66 West 12th

Room: 601

Date Range: 8/31/2021 - 12/16/2021