The Eighteenth Century in Europe

This year's topic is "Reading Characters: Clarissa in Context." The seminar will consider the development of the modern novel during the European Enlightenment as a narrative epistemology of character, through an intensive reading of Richardson's Clarissa. Interpreting this seminal work in the context of contemporary British and European texts and recent criticism and theory will help us observe the relation of literary genres to pervasive ideas of the period surrounding gender and identity politics, probability, sensibility, nationalism, etc.--major trends in Western literary, cultural and intellectual history still resonant today.

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