EN 563 Gothic and Romantic Novel

Although a standard list of great novels from the period might well be restricted to Jane Austen, the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries saw remarkable developments in the novel form, including the emergence of the Gothic, the historical novel, the psychological novel, and the ideological or propaganda novel. It also produced a number of strange, challenging, brillant works that far too many readers simply miss. Concentrating on works by Walpole, Lewis, Radcliffe, Godwin, Wollstonecraft, Hogg, Edgeworth, Scott, Austen, Peacock, and Mary Shelley, we will consider the novel from several critical perspectives, including those of literary history, social history, politics and ideology, feminism and psychoanalysis.