University of Notre Dame

The British Novel

Course Number: ENGL 13186-11
Instructor: David Thomas

This course surveys the remarkably varied modes and motivations on view in the history of the British novel over three centuries. Our “knowledge goals” target such matters as: the ongoing relationship between novelistic discourse and political modernity; the distinctiveness of various fiction modes, such as realist, gothic, romantic, bourgeois, imperial, aestheticist, modernist, and more; and the evolution and refinement of novelistic techniques, such as narrative perspective, plotting, characterization, and style. Textual emphasis goes mainly to authors I’ve found students to find entertaining to read or, in some cases, provocative (or both).