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Spring 2018-2019
COM 553 / ENG 546 / GSS 553   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

The Eighteenth Century in Europe

April Alliston

This year's topic is "Reading Characters: Clarissa in Context." The seminar considers the development of the modern novel during the European Enlightenment as a narrative epistemology of character, through an intensive reading of Richardson's Clarissa. Interpreting this seminal work in the context of contemporary British and European texts and recent criticism and theory helps us observe the relation of literary genres to pervasive ideas of the period surrounding gender and identity politics, probability, sensibility, nationalism, etc.--major trends in Western literary, cultural and intellectual history still resonant today.

Sample reading list:
Richardson, Clarissa
Diderot, In Praise of Richardson
La Roche, History of Lady Sophia von Sternheim
Castle, Clarissa's Ciphers
Eagleton, The Rape of Clarissa
Welsh, Strong Representations
See instructor for complete list

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in lieu of Final - 100%

Other Requirements:
Not Open to First Year Undergraduates.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
40888 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm Th        Enrolled:0 Limit:12