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Selected Authors: Fielding and Burney

ENL 4303-001

Fall 2000
Time: Tuesdays 6:00 - 8:50 pm
Room: TBA

    Course Description

    In the novels of Henry Fielding and Frances Burney, we will examine the foundation of the comic and sentimental traditions in the English Novel. Both accomplished writers of the eighteenth century, Fielding and Burney depicted the foibles and confusions of society in memorable prose narratives, and both experimented with techniques of story-telling that had a lasting impact on later writers. While we concentrate on their literary significance, equal time will be spent on the epistemological and social questions raised by the narratives. We will narrow the focus to four novels so that we can develop a deep understanding of each work.


    This course is designed to meet the following objectives:

    to introduce students to two significant British authors of the eighteenth century;

    for students to demonstrate an understanding of the novels of Fielding and Burney as well as their relationship to eighteenth-century culture;

    for students to form and express critical opinions about the themes and developments in the literature through cooperative learning strategies in the classroom and through weekly electronic discussions.

Required Materials

Henry Fielding: Joseph Andrews (1742) with Shamela ed. Homer Goldberg, Norton Critical Edition, WW Norton Co.

Tom Jones (1749), ed. Sheridan Baker, Norton Critical Edition, WW Norton Co

Frances Burney, Evelina (1778), ed. Kristina Straub, Bedford Cultural Edition, Bedford Books,

Cecilia Memoirs of an Heiress (1782) New York : Oxford University Press, Incorporated, July 1999

Electronic Media

For an general introduction to List-serv and Internet functions, see USF Academic Computing Home Page.

Course List-serv -- information on this to follow --

My website: information on class, assignments and links to other important sites on literature, etc.

Other important websites are listed in the schedule of reading and following the assignments.


Class Date Reading Assignment
1 Aug 29 Introduction
2 Sep 5 Introduction: Fielding, Richardson's Pamela Post #1
3 Sep 12 Joseph Andrews Post #2
4 Sep 19 " " Post #3
5 Sep 26 Tom Jones Post #4
6 Oct 3 " " Post #5
7 Oct 10 " " Post #6
8 Oct 17 Midterm
9 Oct 24 Introduction: Burney Post #7
10 Oct 31 Evelina Post #8
11 Nov 7 " " Draft of Essay due
12 Nov 14 Cecilia Post #9
Workshop drafts
13 Nov 21 " " Post #10
14 Nov 28 " " ESSAY DUE
15 Dec 5 Conclusions Post #11

6:00 - 8:00 pm

Graded Assignments

(Total 200 points)

Attendance/Participation 17
Weekly Posts (11) 33
Midterm 50
Final 50
5-7 page paper 50

This syllabus is subject to change.

** Students who anticipate the necessity of being absent from class due to a major religious observance must provide notice of the date(s) to the instructor, in writing, by the second class meeting.

For additional information, please see Course policies.

Related Sites

    Frances Burney Webpage Maintained by Barbara Darby of Dalhousie University, this site offers an extensive bibliography of critical works on Burney and numerous links to important sites, including a brief biography, etexts, Burney Society, and more.

    Regency Fashion Page Site designed and maintained by Cathy Decker, this is a masterful collection of information, images and links on the clothes and accessories worn in the late eighteenth century and early nineteenth century.

    Evelina An e-text provided by the project "A Celebration of Women Writers".

    A Study guide for Cecilia written by Cathy Decker, this page has useful annotations for the novel and questions to focus discussion (as well as to spark the memory!).

    Eighteenth-century Novel Research Guide Maintained by Beth Jane Toren of University of Virginia, this site contains annotated bibliographies of reference works and bibliographies related to the eighteenth-century novel. It is UVA library users, but it still can provide useful information and links.

    The Dorset Page: This is a commercial site on the county of Dorset, England, where Henry Fielding lived for part of his life. If you click on the "People" link, it will lead you to a jauntily written biography of the author. Do not use this site as a reference for literary criticism, as it is poor, and ignore the especially condescending remark about Sarah Fielding's books.

    Tom Jones -- an e-text version of the novel; excellent for finding an elusive quotation.

    Tom Jones -- another e-text, this by Litrex Reading Room.

    Eighteenth-century Resources An excellent site maintained by Jack Lynch of Rutgers University, with an exhaustive list of materials, sites and texts available on-line, including more references to both of our authors.