Prose fiction developed as
the dominant literary form during the early modern period (1500-1700). We will
read and review several important literary milestones that mark the narrative
changes leading from late medieval/early modern prose narratives (Volksbücher) to early forms of the
novel. We will explore the relationship of facts and fiction, the influence of
magic, demonology, and travel writings as well as issues of gender construction
and their effect on the evolution of these narratives.