The Victorian Novel
Fall 2013 not offered
"What was I doing here alone in great London? What should I do on the morrow? What prospects had I in life? What friends had I on earth? Whence did I come? Wither should I go? What should I do?" The heroine of Charlotte Brontė's novel, Villette, asks these questions, but all of the great Victorian novels we read in this course implicitly do the same. These are the novels that demonstrate the great power of the form to represent psychologically rich character and complex social worlds. In doing so, Victorian novels represent the development of powerful social norms about courtship and marriage, class and ambition, England and Empire -- an exercise of power inseparable from the pleasures of reading. We will study in detail how the form of the novel creates character and social world, and how reading critically can enhance both our understanding and our enjoyment.
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|Course Format: Discussion
|Grading Mode: Credit/Unsatisfactory
|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
George Gissing, THE ODD WOMEN
Virginia Woolf, TO THE LIGHTHOUSE
Critical and theoretical essays and excerpts from books.
|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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