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Richardson and the Rise of the Novel

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Samuel Richardson’s million-word* tragic novel Clarissa is the centerpiece of this course. We will read it in the context of the critical tradition that has identified Richardson’s work as pivotal in the development of the novel genre in the early- to mid-eighteenth century. Along the way, we will explore social-cultural and literary-philosophical contexts such as: class and gender politics, the print marketplace, narrative forms, theories of knowledge and ethics. 
*Students are strongly advised to read Clarissa in the complete Penguin edition ahead of time! 

Department of English, Queen's University

Watson Hall
49 Bader Lane
Kingston ON K7L 3N6

Telephone (613) 533-2153



Queen's University is situated on traditional Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe territory.