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Introduction to the British Novel

Eng 3293-01The Modern British Novel

This course will introduce you to some of the most interesting narratives in the development of the British novel, from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries. While I will lecture each day, you will be encouraged to take an active part in the discussion of the Book Cover of Matthew Lewis' The Monkworks on the syllabus. As for requirements, there will be a final examination and a final paper—an argument paper of no fewer than three pages (3-5 recommended). I will leave it to the class to determine if additional short tests should be added, as well as "extra credit"—another short paper of three pages in length. In a brief semester, you may find that one test and one paper do not adequately offer enough grades to reflect your work.

[Course syllabus: Summer 2004]Book cover for Orwell's Animal Farm

The texts for this class are available at the campus bookstore, including The Monk, Hard Times, "The Hound of the Baskervilles," The Time Machine, Brave New World, "Animal Farm," and Lord of the Flies.

Cover for William Goldings' Lord of the Flies

[Course syllabus: Summer 2005]

Frankenstein, The Time Machine, "The Dead," Brave New World, Animal Farm, The Screwtape Letters, Lord of the Flies.

Silhouette of Sherlock Holmes

[Note: This course has been offered during one of the two summer terms for the past two years; thus, due to the constraints of time,  the short reading list and the choice of works, which are meant to represent major genres of the novel's development]

When offered in a Summer Term, remember that summer courses are tough, if only because the reading must necessarily be heavy given the brief, intensive schedule. Whereas you might have a few days to read material during a normal semester, you’ll find that a summer term means keeping up with reading each evening. Please make every effort not to fall behind; while most works have been chosen to fit into this difficult, short semester, some works by necessity will not fit the profile. I have chosen works that demonstrate particular kinds within the genre of the novel, with an eye toward shorter, more manageable works in a brief summer term.]


You can find me in the English & Philosophy office, 313-D.  Email at wnarey@astate.edu.


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