Department of English

Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University

2202336  Development of the British and American Novel: Narrating a Larger World


Puckpan Tipayamontri

Office: BRK 1106.1

Office Hours: W 2-4 or by appointment

Phone: 0 2218 4703



Course Outline

Tracing the novel in two continents and its trans-Atlantic and trans-global connections, this class aims to review and re-view the form and contexts that have shaped it into the commonplace and exciting phenomenon it is today. You will encounter Defoe, Richardson, Austen, Dickens, Joyce, Woolf, Cooper, Hawthorne, Melville, Twain, Faulkner, among others.


Class Time: M 1-3, W 9-10


There will be 6 (no more than 1 page) reading responses, a final paper (7-10 pages), a midterm and a final exam, also occasional screenings and presentations.


Required Texts:
Conrad, Joseph.  Heart of Darkness.  1898, 1902.

Hurston, Zora Neale.  Their Eyes Were Watching God.  1937.  New York: Perennial, 1990.

Ghosh, Amitav.  The Hungry Tide.  2004.  Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2005.


Course Packet


The Novel
Studying Literature
  • Klarer, Mario.  An Introduction to Literary Studies.  2nd ed.  London: Routledge, 2004. (CL  820.9 K63I)

  • Brooks, Cleanth, and Robert Penn Warren.  Understanding Fiction.  3rd ed.  Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall, 1998. (library has 2nd ed.)

  • Undergraduate Guide for Studying Literature (How well do you understand what you have read?, keeping a reading journal, critical terms for discussing literature, guidelines for writing essays, what the grade on your essay means, what to do with your marked essay, marking symbols and abbreviations; also has downloadable pdf file)

  • Literary Resources on the Net

Essential References Gibaldi, Joseph.  MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers.  6th ed.  New York: Modern Language Association of America, 2003. (library has 5th ed.)
Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary.  11th ed.  Springfield, MA: Mirriam-Webster, 2003.
Oxford English Dictionary.  2nd ed.  20 vols.  Oxford: Oxford UP, 1989.
Roget's International Thesaurus.  6th ed.  Ed. Barbara Ann Kipfer.  New York: Harper, 2001. (library has 3rd ed.)




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