Welcome to the Department of English at Rutgers University

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 How do novels help us understand ourselves and make sense of our world? This course offers an introduction to the eighteenth century and the central problems of the modern novel, covering major authors from Daniel Defoe to Jane Austen. Our discussions will engage questions of personal identity, social justice, sexual desire, and literary truth: What role does narrative structure play in the ways that we think about character? How do novels formulate moral and ethical problems and solutions? What role does the novel play in changing conceptions of sex and gender in modernity? What kinds of truth does the novel embody?

Authors will include Behn, Defoe, Swift, Haywood, Richardson, Fielding, Sterne, and Austen.

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