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ENL 4122
English Novel

Spring 2006
Time: Monday and Wednesday
11:00-12:15 pm

Class 29

No new Reading Assignment:

Apr. 26 Review
    Post #14 (Group B)
    Historical Annotation: Joan Shaffer's and Jamie Diehl's presentations


Class Objectives:

  • To do course evaluations
  • To hear two student presentations
  • To do essay-exam writing workshop
  • To discuss content in review for exam


Notes and Discussion Questions:

1. Essay Exam Writing Workshop

Linked to this website, you will find a Writing Worshop: Writing Good Answers to Essay Questions. Please review this before class. You should focus on the essay questions and answers dealing with Pride and Prejudice. We will discuss these in class.

I think our best plan will be to follow exercise A or C. You decide.


2. Content Review

To facilitate our review of the material for the final exam, please consider the following questions:

Based on our reading selections for this class, how would describe the early British novel? What form of literature is it? What are its dominant characteristics? What virtues or values does it aspire to as literature? What did its readers look for in a novel? At what point is it clear that a novel is distinct from other forms of prose writing?

Consider Susan Staves' article from the beginning of the semester and the legal treatment of marriage from Blackstone's Commentaries. After reading five different novels, to what extent do you find Stave's understanding of seduced maidens in both law and fiction compelling? How does it explain (or help to explain) the fascination with marriage decisions in novels?

Why are these novels so interested in marriage? Why are they so interested in money? In what ways does a focus on money and marriage in the British novel open the possibility to discuss many other themes and issues? What are some of the related issues that these novels explore?

Compare and contrast the main characters of the five novels. What differences do you find? What similarities? What does this suggest about the art of characterization in the novel genre?

In what sense do the novels becomes more realistic from Defoe to Thackeray? In what sense do they continue to explore the social realities of their respective time periods?

Looking at the critical writings on the novels, how do the values for novels change over the period we are considering?

Looking at the issues related to marriage in the novels, how do the representations of marriage change (or do they) over the course of time we are considering?

*** I will be including a multiple choice section on the exam for extra credit devoted to the historical annotations. You did a great job doing research this semester, and I want you to appreciate the fact!


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