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El Jaleo by John Singer Sargent; collection: Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston

This course is designed to introduce you to the study of fiction as an art as well as its relationship to the fine or plastic arts, and by extension, to the way in which English as a discipline approaches knowledge.  As the semester progresses, we will delve into a number of historical and literary movements through a variety of different fiction genres and thing about how these fictional genres relate to different contemporary art historical developments.  It is my hope that you emerge from this course with a broad understanding of the history and development of fiction as a literary genre.