Theory and History of the Novel in English

Course title:  Theory and History of the Novel in English
Instructor: Prof. Borislav Knežević
ECTS credits: 6
Status: elective
Semester: 2nd  and 4th
Enrollment requirements:  Enrollment in the graduate programme

Course description: This course is meant to provide an introduction to the history and theory of the novel in English.  Our reading will include novels ranging from the period of the emergence of the novel as a genre at the beginning of the 18th century to the postmodern period of the late 20th century.  In reading and discussing a substantial amount of secondary literature, focusing on issues of periodization, narrative, genre, and the social context.
Objectives: The course is designed to facilitate active student engagement with issues in literary interpretation and history, as well as to create a structured theoretical context for analytical writing on literary subjects.
Course requirements: The grade is based on a written essay at the end of term (5-6) pages, a mid-term quiz and a quiz at the end of term. 

Week by week schedule:
1. week: Introduction.  Beginnings of the genre. Definition of the novel.  Ian Watt.

2. week: Robinson Crusoe.  McKeon.
3. week: Mansfield Park.  Stone.  Morretti.
4. week: Mansfield Park.  Armstrong.
5. week: Lukacs.
6. week: To the Lighthouse.  Woolf. Chatman.
7. week: Mid-term quiz.
8. week: To the Lighthouse.
9. week: The Crying of Lot 49.
10. week: The Crying of Lot 49. Bakhtin. Jameson.

11. week: Essay due
12. week: Song of Solomon.
13. week: Song of Solomon.

14. week: Second quiz. Song of Solomon.
15. week: Course summary.


Daniel Defoe, Robinson Crusoe
Jane Austen, Mansfield Park
Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse
Thomas Pynchon, The Crying of Lot 49
Toni Morrison, Song of Solomon

Mikhail Bakhtin, from The Dialogic Imagination
Michael McKeon, from The Origins of the Novel
Georg Lukacs, from Theory of the Novel
Franco Moretti, from Atlas of the European Novel
Nancy Armstrong, from Desire and Domestic Fiction
Lawrence Stone, from The Family, Sex and Marriage
Ian Watt, from The Rise of the Novel
E.M. Forster, from Aspects of the Novel
Seymour Chatman, from Story and Discourse
Fredric Jameson, from Postmodernism

Virginia Woolf, “Modern Fiction”
Henry James, “The Art of Fiction”
Viktor Shklovsky, “Sterne’s Tristram Shandy”

F.R. Leavis, from The Great Tradition