Lesson 1 (from Section 1: Joseph Andrews, Preface and Book 1, Chapters 1 through 12)
Section 1: Joseph Andrews, Preface and Book 1, Chapters 1 through 12
Comic romance is a genre depicting romantic love and its attendant complications such as jealousy, marriage, divorce, betrayal, and heartache. The objective of this lesson is to examine how the writing style of this section reveals the genre of this book as comic romance.
1) Class Discussion: What is comic romance? Identify elements of a comic romance story in this chapter. In a comic romance novel, there are archetypal characters such as a hero, femme fatale, ridiculous or comic relief characters, and others. What does the author reveal about the characters in these settings that immediately introduces the element of a comic romance novel? What elements of the story line are full of this genre?
2) Group Discussion: Divide the class into smaller groups. Discuss how the book would be different if the genre was something other than a...
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