Romanticism and Revolution
English 458H, Spring 2004
W 3:00-5:00, North Building 259

Professor: Dan White
Office: 296A NB, x. 8-5291
Office Hours: Wednesday 1:00-2:00, Friday 12:00-1:00

Course Focus: In this course we will study the genre of the quest romance before turning to Cervantes and his influence on eighteenth- and early-nineteenth-century literature, particularly on the rise of the novel. Quest romances, like contemporary horror films, are always acutely aware of their own conventions. Once we have become familiar with those conventions and considered the significance of the genre's self-reflexive nature, we'll be ready to encounter Cervantes' burlesque of the quest romance in Don Quijote. We will then spend the remainder of the term thinking about and discussing the rise of the novel in terms of generic parody of epic and romance.

Requirements and Grading: Your grade for the term will be divided as follows: two essays, the first of which may be the basis for the second (15%, 30%); leadership of one in-class discussion session (15%); one short critical essay to accompany your discussion session (10%); final test (15%); participation (15%). Please submit your written work titled, double-spaced, paginated, and stapled. Here is my lateness policy: for each day late, the two longer papers will be penalized one part of a grade (A- to B+, B to B-, etc.), but because the short critical essays need to accompany the in-class discussion sessions, they will receive an F/0 if not submitted at the beginning of class on the day they are due. Please see "Papers: Expectations, Guidelines, Advice, and Grading."

Resource: At times you may find the Oxford English Dictionary ("OED") useful for this course.

Texts: The following texts have been ordered and are required for this course:

 Week 1, September 9


Week 2, September 16

Chrétien, Erec and Enide, in Arthurian Romances (1-92)

Week 3, September 23

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Patience, and Pearl (15-78)
Discussion session

Week 4, September 30

Montalvo, from Amadis of Gaul, in Don Quijote (757-61)
Ariosto, from Orlando Furioso, in Don Quijote (762-65)
Cervantes, Don Quijote (7-80)
Ian Watt, from Myths of Modern Individualism (C)
Discussion session

Week 5, October 7

Cervantes, Don Quijote (81-134)
Essay #1 (5-7 pp). due Friday October 11, 12:00 p.m.

Week 6, October 14

No class

Week 7, October 21

Fielding, Joseph Andrews (3-144)
Ian Watt, from The Rise of the Novel (C)
Discussion session

Week 8, October 28

Fielding, Joseph Andrews (145-269)
Mikhail Bakhtin, "Epic and Novel"
Discussion session

Week 9, November 4

Lennox, The Female Quixote (3-176)
Ronald Paulson, from Don Quixote in England (C)
Discussion session

Week 10, November 11

Lennox, The Female Quixote (179-383)
Alan Macfarlane, from The Culture of Capitalism (C)
Discussion session

Week 11, November 18

Austen, Northanger Abbey (13-111)
Ronald Paulson, from Don Quixote in England (C)
Discussion session

Week 12, November 25

Austen, Northanger Abbey (115-219)
Discussion session

Week 13, December 2

Term test (45 minutes)
Discussion of arguments/ideas/drafts for final paper
Essay #2 (10-12 pp.) due Friday December 6, 12:00 p.m.

Daniel E. White