English 3022.03

Section. 01 CRN 14157

Fall 2011

English Fiction to 1820


David McNeil TR: 14:35-15:55

3193 McCain, 494-3508 dmcneil@dal.ca                                                    LSC C216


Office Hours: W: 3:30- 4:30, R 3:30-4:30, or by appointment


This class concentrates on the emerging forms of English fiction from Aphra Behn to Jane Austen. One of the major distinguishing features of this period is its diversity with respect to experimental form. It also marks the beginning of fiction as appealing to a popular market of readers. Topics for discussion include the relationship between the novel and other genres (e.g., romance, satire), amatory fiction, the fictional memoir, authorial intervention, and the epistolary form. Students will learn how a number of female and male authors contributed to the development of English fiction into the first part of the nineteenth century.

In addition to the texts listed below, the class may consider some shorter works (available online). We will also utilize the “Blackboard Learning System” (BLS) which is part of OWL ("Online Web Learning"). Students seeking academic accommodation should register as quickly as possible with Student Accessibility Office, located in the Mark Hill Centre (6227 University Ave); call 494-2836 or e-mail <access@dal.ca>.


Aphra Behn, Oroonoko. Penguin.

Eliza Haywood, Love in Excess. Broadview.*

Daniel Defoe, Moll Flanders. Broadview.*

Henry Fielding, Joseph Andrews. Penguin.

Samuel Richardson, Clarissa. (Abridged) Broadview.*

Laurence Sterne, Tristram Shandy. Oxford. 

* Broadview bundle.


You may use other editions for the above with the exception of Clarissa (make sure you read the Broadview abridgement).

Tentative Schedule: This will be revised for Fall 2011 (check Blackboard Learning “Calendar" for details)

Jan.     9          - Introduction

            16        Oroonoko

            23        Love in Excess 

            30        Love in Excess  

Feb.     6          Moll Flanders

            13        Moll Flanders


            27        Joseph Andrews 

Mar.    6          Joseph Andrews

            13        Clarissa (Broadview abridgement)

            20        Clarissa (Broadview abridgement) 

            27        Tristram Shandy 

Apr.    3          Tristram Shandy


            9-23    - Exam Period (you must be available to write the exam on campus)

Method of Evaluation:

Students will be evaluated on the basis of class participation (10%), Blackboard postings (20%), two 3-page papers (40%), and Final Exam (30%). Students are expected to respond to at least 4 Discussion topics, and these will be evaluated for form and content. The 2 papers will be on specific sections/episodes from each novel, and topics will be posted in advance. Both papers will have to be submitted electronically to Turnitin.com, and in hardcopy form to the instructor on the due date. There is a one grade (i.e., B to B-) deduction for each day a paper is overdue.

Academic Integrity:

All participants in this class (i.e., students, instructor) are expected to practice academic integrity. At Dalhousie there are University Regulations which deal with plagiarism and, prior to submitting any paper in a course, students should read the policy on “Plagiarism and Intellectual Honesty” contained in the Dalhousie Calendar or on the Dalhousie website <http://plagiarism.dal.ca/>.

Dalhousie University subscribes to Turnitin.com, a computer based service which checks for originality in submitted papers. Any paper submitted by a student at Dalhousie University may be checked for originality to confirm that the student has not plagiarised from other sources. Plagiarism is considered a serious academic offence which may lead to loss of credit, suspension or expulsion from the University, or even the revocation of a degree. It is essential that there be correct attribution of authorities from which facts and opinions have been derived.

The Senate has affirmed the right of any instructor to require that student papers be submitted in both written and computer readable format, and to submit any paper to a check such as that performed by Turnitin.com. As a student in this class, you are to keep an electronic copy of any paper you submit, and the course instructor may require you to submit that electronic copy on demand. Copies of student papers checked by this process will be retained by Turnitin.com. (Memo from Vice President Academic and Provost, August 7, 2002)


To provide students with a foundation in early English prose fiction, to develop skills in literary analysis and essay-writing, and most importantly, to foster a love of literature!