Spring 2011 - Graduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
THIS COURSE IS AVAILABLE TO DOCTORAL STUDENTS ONLY
Victorian novels are messy, too long, hastily written, and very important. Because of their enormous popularity, Victorian novels performed a great deal of "cultural work." They helped publicize the hardships of industrialization, stake out gender roles, and justify the Empire. They helped define "Englishness" and redefine Christmas. In this course, we will focus on how our novels represent Victorian society and how they reached and engaged readers.
Dickens, Oliver Twist and A Christmas Carol
C. Bronte, Jane Eyre
Gaskell, Mary Barton
Trollope, Barchester Towers
Hardy, Tess of the D'Urbervilles
Conrad, Heart of Darkness
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
This is a doctoral-level course. Students will be expected to plan the readings and discussion for one class session, participate in all sessions, and write and revise one 15-page research paper.