Mary Mullen

  • Assistant Professor, English
  • Villanova University
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Villanova, English 8560: Form and the British Novel

This course will introduce students to the nineteenth-century British novel and important scholarship on novelistic forms. Reading nineteenth-century novels from England, Ireland, and Scotland, we will think about genre (realism, the historical novel), narrative perspective and style (free indirect discourse, omniscience), characters (major and minor), and referentiality (how novels refer to a world outside of the text). Our study of forms in the novel will help us reflect on historical developments in the Victorian period: nations and nationalism, empire, the rise of global capitalism, changing understandings of gender and sexuality.

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