English 5/4385—Special Topics [PDF]
Amatory Fiction and the Novel
One of the more traditional ways to understand the development of the novel as a genre has been through the novel’s solidification and glorification of middle-class values and the hypergamous marriage, ideals epitomized by Richardson’s Pamela. However, several critics have argued that Richardson’s novel was a reaction to a genre called Amatory Fiction, works where desiring women fall prey to seducers and must negotiate a life outside the bounds of such economic and marital restraints. This course offers an alternative discourse of the novel. By reading amatory authors such as Aphra Behn, Delarivier Manley, and Eliza Haywood (among others), we will examine how the 18th-century novel is a discussion of the boundaries between licit and illicit forms of feminine sexual desire.
Course Goals Set by Department:
Students will understand that the study of literature and language can transcend the boundaries established by the fixed curriculum.
Students will demonstrate in both oral and written work a discipline-specific critical facility through convincing and well-supported analysis of related material.
Students will demonstrate their command of academic English and the tenets of sound composition by means of thesis-driven analytical prose.
Students will learn to use discipline-specific computer technologies related to the study of language such as listservs, word processing, and internet research.
Popular Fiction by Women 1660-1730: An Anthology edited by Paula Backscheider and John Richetti
Love in Excess by Eliza Haywood (Broadview edition)
Pamela by Samuel Richardson (Oxford edition)
Anti-Pamela by Eliza Haywood (Broadview edition)
The History of Miss Betsy Thoughtless by Eliza Haywood (Broadview edition)
Electronic Course Reserves: The Fair Jilt (Behn); The Wife’s Resentment (Manely); The City Jilt (Haywood)
A Pocket Style Manual, fifth edition by Diana Hacker
Writing About Literature: A Portable Guide by Janet E. Gardner
20% Attendance and participation
20% Analytical Response Paper 1
20% Analytical Response Paper 2
40% Project and presentation
Unit 1: Libertinism and Early Fiction
Aphra Behn The Fair Jilt
Eliza Haywood Fantomina
Unit 2: Amatory Fiction and the Revenge Plot
Aphra Behn The History of the Nun
Delarivier Manley The Wife’s Resentment
Eliza Haywood The City Jilt
Eliza Haywood “The Lady’s Revenge”
Unit 3: Regulatory Behavior and Early Fiction
Eliza Haywood The British Recluse
Jane Barker Love Intrigues
Eliza Haywood Love in Excess
Mary Davys The Reformed Coquette
Unit 4: Amatory Fiction and The Rise of the Novel
Samuel Richardson Pamela
Eliza Haywood Anti-Pamela
Eliza Haywood The History of Miss Betsy Thoughtless