Fall 2010 - Graduate Course Descriptions

Wilson, Michael
Discipline and Number
HUHI 6313 Section 001
T Time 1:00 PM - 3:45 PM
Course Title
Victorian Britain

Description of Course:

The 64 years of Queen Victoria’s reign coincided with the apogee of Great Britain’s economic, cultural, and imperial power. During this period, Britain emerged as a modern, liberal state that was also the world’s pre-eminent industrial economy and the possessor of a vast colonial empire. The challenges raised by these developments and their interactions make the Victorian era a particularly interesting example of the possibilities, conflicts, and transformations inherent to modernity. This course will encompass an overview of the history of nineteenth-century Britain, an introduction to major issues in the scholarship of the Victorian period, and basic exposure to some of the period’s major writers.

Required Texts:

Matthew Arnold, Culture and Anarchy
[2009 Oxford edition only] 0199538743

Martin Fichman, Evolutionary Theory and Victorian Culture
Humanity Books, 2002 1591020034

Rudyard Kipling, Kim
[2002 Norton edition only] 039396650X

Colin Matthew, The Nineteenth Century: The British Isles, 1815-1901
Oxford UP, 2000 0198731434

Henry Mayhew, London Labour and the London Poor
Penguin, 1985 0140432418

John Stuart Mill, The Subjection of Women
[1997 Dover edition only] 0486296016

Pramod K. Nayar, ed., The 1857 Reader
Penguin, 2007 0143101994

Florence Nightingale, Cassandra
Feminist Press, 1993 091267055X

Timothy Parsons, The British Imperial Century, 1815-1914
Rowan & Littlefield, 1999 0847688259

Judith Walkowitz, City of Dreadful Delight
U of Chicago, 1992 0226871460

additional texts available electronically

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

Seminar preparation and attendance; weekly informal writing assignments; oral presentation on and 4-to-5- page analysis of a scholarly article; 12-15- page final paper (M.A. students may opt instead for two 6-to-8- page papers).

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