In this seminar, we shall be exploring how the novel as a modern genre took shape in the first half of the eighteenth century within the context of various processes of modernization. In close readings of three canonical authors, we shall be addressing their thematic concerns – from travel, imperialism to class, marriage, sentimental virtue and benevolence –, the newly emerging poetics of the novel as well as its place in the literary sphere between booksellers and its audiences.
- Daniel Defoe, Moll Flanders
- Samuel Richardson, Pamela
- Henry Fielding, The History of Tom Jones. (All Penguin Classics).