Reading The Victorians|
Fall 2020 not offered
Why read the Victorians? To know more about how an industrializing, urbanizing, commercial, and imperial nation imagines itself; to understand better how middle-class culture is established and comes to work all by itself; to explore the power of representations of sexual difference--the famous separate spheres for 19th-century men and women--and of the great divide that opens between the public and the private; to understand how sexuality extends the reach of disciplinary power, and how money, increasingly nothing but paper, extends value. Our primary focus will be on novels. We will study how large Victorian "triple-deckers" project intricately detailed worlds populated with compelling, three-dimensional characters. We will consider how novels represent the way we live now.
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|Course Format: Discussion||Grading Mode: Student Option|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ENGL)(ENGL-Literature)
Jane Austen, NORTHANGER ABBEY
Charlotte Brontė, VILLETTE
Charles Dickens, BLEAK HOUSE
Wilkie Collins, THE WOMAN IN WHITE
George Eliot, MIDDLEMARCH
Virginia Woolf, TO THE LIGHTHOUSE
Critical and theoretical essays and book chapters
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Three 500-word explications of a theoretical/critical essay or book capture.
1,500-word (6 page) essay due mid-semester
3,000-word (12 page) essay due at the end of the semester.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course offers the option of writing, over the course of the semester, a 25-page research paper. It also contributes to the fulfillment of the British Literature and Theory & Literary Forms concentrations for the English major.
This course meets the English Department's Research Option requirement for Honors thesis writers.
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