Gothic, Realism, Comedy: Victorian Modes, Plots, and Frames of Mind|
Spring 2021 not offered
This course offers an introduction to British literature from the 1840s to the 1890s, with an emphasis on three aesthetic modes that thrived during the era: gothic, realism, and comedy. Each part of the course will be anchored by one or two novels: "Jane Eyre" and "Great Expectations" for gothic, "Middlemarch" for realism, and "Barchester Towers" for comedy. We will also examine poetry, nonfiction prose, drama, and painting and explore how these modes opened up cross-genre and cross-media conversations. Central themes include the legacy of the Enlightenment; changing concepts of personhood; the relation between science, nature, and faith; the politics of class and gender; the tension between the language of everyday life and the language of literature; and the role of art in a rapidly changing, chaotic, and often exhilarating modern world.
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|Course Format: Discussion||Grading Mode: Student Option|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ENGL)(ENGL-Literature)
Major readings: Charlotte Bronte, JANE EYRE; Charles Dickens, GREAT EXPECTATIONS; George Eliot, MIDDLEMARCH; Anthony Trollope, BARCHESTER TOWERS; works by Matthew Arnold, Robert Browning, Gerard Manley Hopkins, John Stuart Mill, Alfred Tennyson, and others.
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Several short papers, response papers, final exam.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course contributes to the British Literature concentration of the English major.
Class of 2023 and beyond: This course fulfills the Literary History 2 and British Literature requirements and contributes to the Literature path of the English major.
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