Reading The Victorians|
Spring 2021 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)
Readings will include:
Charlotte Brontė, JANE EYRE
George Eliot, THE MILL ON THE FLOSS
Charles Dickens, OUR MUTUAL FRIEND
Wilkie Collins, THE WOMAN IN WHITE
Anthony Trollope, THE WAY WE LIVE NOW
literary critical and theoretical essays by Gayatri Spivak, Elaine Freedgood, Raymond Williams, Franco Moretti, Mary Poovey, Catherine Gallagher, and others.
|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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