my name is Sana. It is pleasure to be here reading novels. I have an M.A. In Linguistics. I love Arabic literature. Now it is time to explore British literature in the 18th century. I love traveling. And I see reading novels as another way to learn more about other cultures, just like traveling.


Who Is Dr. Howe?

Hello, everyone! I’m Dr. Howe, and I’ll be leading you through the fantastic landscape of 18th century British novels this term. I’ve been teaching at Marymount since 2006–seems like a very long time, if you ask me. I specialize in 18th century literature and cultural studies, but I also love gory horror movies–the cheesier, the better. I have an article coming out this year on Klaus Kinski’s underrated 1980s masterpiece, Crawlspace! Recently, I’ve also been working on an XML database project that you can read more about at my website. I love to read, garden, throw ceramic pottery on the wheel, and fix up my 1919 bungalow. I have two cats, named Anna and Mr. B– (and as this is a course in 18th century novels, you should be able to figure out their namesakes!).

My faculty picture from a brief stint I did at Washington & Lee University, after grad school.


This is Kaitlyn. I’m in my second semester of the English and Humanities Graduate Program here at Marymount, and I’m focusing my studies on Literature and Language. My major interests are in Romantic and Victorian British literature. I got my Bachelor’s Degree in English at Fordham University in New York. I have an almost-two-year-old daughter named Willow who really likes to keep me on my toes. I’m looking forward to this semester!



This term, we’ll be exploring the vibrant, modern world of the 18th century through one of its most characteristic of forms: the novel.  Our class blog will be a place for our meditations and musings on the reading we’re doing over the course of the next months, using it to record thoughts and details that will inform our class discussions and our writing projects. It is also a place for us to share our ideas with each other and, hopefully, the world around us! I encourage you to embed images that you find interesting, add tags to help organize and describe your posts, and explore the potential of the blog as a public form of journaling.

In each of your posts this term–you’ll be doing weekly posts–you can write about anything that interests you about the material we’re reading. However, your thoughts must be coherently shaped into written form, meaning you should check your spelling, go back and revise, and stay focused on your main topic. Be sure to include details from the readings (with page numbers, so we can go back and find them later!) to help you clarify your thoughts to others. From time to time, I may ask that you meditate on a specific question or prompt. Each post should be approximately 400-500 words in length. These posts will be due by Tuesday, so that they can function as aids to time management as well as preparation for discussion.

I will also ask that you reply to at least one peer post each week, by class time. These replies are of no specific length, but they should be thoughtful and they should add something to the conversation.

Have fun, and remember to ask questions when you have them!