After the Realist Novel: Literary Narrative, 1880 - 1914|
Spring 2008 not offered
With the waning of the cultural power and publishing might of the three-volume Victorian realist novel (works such as MIDDLEMARCH and BLEAK HOUSE), there emerged a variety of new types of literary narratives that addressed new themes and put into practice new understandings of literature, narrative, art, and society. This course examines a wide range of these texts, including ultra-realist or "naturalist" fiction, short stories by "new women" writers, proto-modernist and modernist novels and novellas, and genre fiction such as science fiction, adventure stories, detective fiction, and children's literature. We will explore this remarkable proliferation in the subjects and forms of prose narrative and seek to understand how it related to the social, economic, and philosophical landscape of late-19th- and early-20th-century Britain.
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|Course Format: Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
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Anthony Trollope, BARCHESTER TOWERS
Thomas Hardy, MAYOR OF CASTERBRIDGE
E. M. Forster, A ROOM WITH A VIEW
Henry James, THE AMBASSADORS
James Joyce, DUBLINERS
George Gissing, THE ODD WOMEN
H. G. Wells, THE TIME MACHINE
Rudyard Kipling, KIM
Works by Joseph Conrad, Olive Schreiner, Vernon Lee, Arthur Morrison, Robert Louis Stevenson, and Oscar Wilde.
|Examinations and Assignments: |
One in-class presentation; one research paper (25 pages).
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course fulfills the English Department's research requirement for honors thesis writers.
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