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 2018

Taught By: Carolyn Vellenga Berman

Section: A

CRN: 7227

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.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Literary Studies (LLST)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Enrollment Status: Closed*

*Enrollment 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: 4:27pm 2/18/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday, Thursday

Times: 11:55am - 1:35pm

Building: Johnson/Kaplan 66 West 12th

Room: 716

Date Range: 8/28/2018 - 12/13/2018