DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH & LITERARY STUDIES
AFE BABALOLA UNIVERSITY, ADO-EKITI, NIGERIA
ELS 221: THE RISE OF THE ENGLISH NOVEL
Office: Room H51, College Two
The Rise of the English Novel is a three credit unit course which focuses on the development of the English Novel. The intention of the course is to provide you with adequate knowledge of the themes and styles of the novelists who represent the novel at the early stage of its development. The background to each novelist whose novel you will study will be provided for you to be able to understand their influences on each work. I have tried to include the novels that are easily available in the market so that you can buy, read and appreciate them. You have to read the novels for a better and fuller understanding of the course. The course will widen your scope of the English culture and other economic, religious and socio-political issues of the age reflected in the novels. By reading the novels, you will also be expanding your vocabulary and expressions in English language.
The course is organized in two parts: (a) Modular lectures, and (b) Seminars, involving individual review of recommended texts.
The basic aim of this course is to familiarise you with the different English novelists and their works which together constitute the formative period of the novel. You will also learn more about the themes and styles that make each novelist unique. We will realise this by:
• Presenting an overview of the concept of ‘The English Novel’.
• Presenting an analysis of the novels.
• Discussing the themes of the selected novels.
* Definition of the English Novel
* Origin of the English Novel
* The Rise of the English Novel: The Contributory Factors
* Legitimacy of the Novel
* The First English Novels
Pilgrim’s Progress- John Bunyan
Gulliver’s Travels- Jonathan Swift
* The 18th Century English Novels
* Major English Novelists
* Background and Influences
* Daniel Defoe – Robinson Crusoe (1719)
* Samuel Richardson – Pamela (1740)
* Henry Fielding – Tom Jones (1742)
Primary Literary Texts*
Robinson Crusoe – Daniel Defoe
Pamela– Samuel Richardson
Tom Jones – Henry Fielding
John Bunyan, Jonathan Swift, Samuel Richardson, Daniel Defoe, Henry Fielding, Tobias George Smollett, Frances Burney …
Selected Critical Texts
Doody, M. A. (1996). The True Story of the Novel. New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers UP
Ezeigbo, A. (1998). A Companion to the Novel. Lagos: Vista.
Price, L. (2003). The Anthology and the Rise of the Novel: From Richardson to George Eliot.London: CambridgeUniversity Press.
*Each student MUST have copies.