Fall 2006 not offered
Why read the Victorians? To know more about how an industrial, urban, commercial, 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 which opens between the public and the private. In other words, to better know ourselves. Our primary focus will be on novels; we will read other kinds of Victorian texts as well, and current literary criticism and historical studies. Why study literature to address these questions? To understand better the complex pleasures of novelistic representation, to learn how novels work.
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|Course Format: Lecture/Discussion||Grading Mode: Student Option|
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Novels by Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, Charles Dickens, George Eliot; essays by Thomas Carlyle, John Ruskin, Matthew Arnold; contemporary reviews of the novels under discussion.
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Two 5-page papers; one 10 page paper.
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This course will depend on class discussion and oral presentations. You must be prepared to keep up with a heavy reading load.
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