Welcome to Novel(ties).

This is the course blog for Wayne State’s Eng 7024, Rise of the Novel, but I also hope to appeal to a larger audience of students and scholars of the eighteenth-century novel.  The title is meant to reference the “new” in the term novel, of course, but also the position of novels in this period as commodities–trendy trinkets purchased to enhance status, position readers in a communication network outside the text, and promote gossip–and thus always vulnerable to the charge of triviality.  I also like to think of what’s tied to the novel: other forms of discourse, ways of being, subjectivities.  Finally, if you’ll allow me to stretch the limits of my title, the ties to the novel I am most likely to post are actually links to novel-related conferences, books and web projects.



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