Through study and discussion of five novels this subject re-examines the evolution of what has been called 'the great tradition' in English fiction. Rather than restrict itself to an 'ism', or to a historical period, the course assumes that the novel in English has something of a life of its own, which manifests itself in the way it responds to the historical or aesthetic context at any given time. The scope is broad, but there are enough considerations to keep the texts in focus: social issues in general and women's emancipation in particular; children and 'the innocent' in post-Romantic literature: parents and the lack of them in post-Romantic literature; and, above all perhaps, the sense each of these highly self-aware novelists had of what their predecessors had attempted and achieved, and what was left still to be done in these and other spheres of interest.
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
1. Intro.; 2 and 3. Northanger Abbey; 4 and 5. Oliver Twist; 6 and 7. The Mill on the Floss; 8 and 9. The Bostonians; 10 and 11. The Rainbow; 12. Conclusion.
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