Main Reasons for the Growth in Popularity of Novels

ENGL 311 Midterm Study Guide: Be sure that you have read each of the three novels and noted passages that you think are particularly indicative of a particular concept relating to 18th literature that we have been discussing this semester. Novels: Oroonoko (entire novel) Robinson Crusoe (entire novel) Gulliver’s Travels (“Publisher to the Reader” pp. 2-9 and Part 1 pp. 1-95)   Slide Shows: (on Moodle) Introduction (Week 1) Rise of the Novel Chapter 1 (Week 2) Rise of the Novel Chapter 2 (Week 2)   Your Notes   Ideas/Concepts/Questions to consider: (be sure to think about specific examples from the novels when appropriate) ·       What are the different ways to date this period (the 18th century) and what are some of the implications of one dating period over another? ·       What are some of the main reasons for the growth in popularity of novels at this period in time? ·       What role(s) or purpose(s) did novel serve? ·       What are some key things to know about class and gender during this period, and especially in connection to the novel/reading? ·       In what way (according to Watt) was realism a key aspect of the novel? What does he mean by “formal realism”? ·       Be prepared to discuss and provide examples for each of the five characteristics that Watt explains are part of the novel of the 18th century: Challenge to literary traditionalism Particulars in character and setting Naming Time Space ·       How do demographic issues (class, gender, urban/rural) influence who is reading? How does this influence what is being written? ·       How do the novels reflect attitudes toward slavery and/or colonialism (or imperialism) at this time? ·       How do religion and capitalism intersect? ·       How do novels portray religious and political issues of the day? ·       Discuss the previous period of literature (neoclassicism) to the new period of literature (the novel). ·       Why do so many of the novels call themselves a history? ·       How does satire work?

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