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Michael Boughn

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Sept 13 2010
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- Novels in the course are paired together, with earlier and later versions.
- Tristram Shandy and Moby Dick are long.
- 12 novels total
- Papers must be analytic only: crucial to any literary analysis is to analyze the passage of text and
implications of language.
- Æ look at how we arrive at some proposal of what a text means. How do we do this?
- What a certain tone tells you abou the way you relate to a character
- 1st assignment: short, intense analysis of Jane Austen.
- There will not be a final exam.
- Make sure to submit thesis statements to professor for approval so it works or not!
- Participation begins at 60%. Talking in class and posting on blackboard will count as
- Pilgrim[s Progress: 17th century; 50 yrs after is when Robinson Crusoe comes out
- Pilgrim[s Progress is about a guy on his way to Jerueselum. It is a journey, but it is an allegory.
- Allegory = a journey of the soul to salvation. It is NOT a novel.
A novel consists of:
1) Narrative
2) Events
- A novel is about an individual.
- The Christian in Pilgrim[s Progress is not an individual but an allegory of the Christian soul, it is
an allegory of ALL Christian souls.
- Daniel Defoe:
o Writes a book about an individual
o It is limited to the ordinary world
- The space of Pilgrim[s Progress is an allegorical space. He travels on a road that is an allegory for
a spiritual journey not a real one.
- The novel is about a person who lives in a world in which time occurs in a way you would
recognize as time. There is no time in Pilgrim[s Progress.
- The novel is a real material world governed by recognizable laws of nature.
- Daniel Defoe realizes in 1718 that there is a market for writing that represents the lives of
ordinary people
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