Spring 2013 - Graduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
Nineteenth-century British fiction is messy, too long, hastily written, and important. Because of its enormous popularity, nineteenth-century fiction performed a great deal of "cultural work." It helped expose the hardships of industrialization, establish gender roles, and justify the Empire. It helped define "Englishness" and redefine Christmas. In this course, we will focus on how our texts represent Victorian society and how they reached and engaged readers.
Scott, Waverley (Penguin)
Dickens, Great Expectations (Norton)
C. Bronte, Jane Eyre (Oxford)
Gaskell, North and South (Penguin)
Braddon, Lady Audley's Secret (Penguin)
Trollope, Barchester Towers (Penguin)
Eliot, Daniel Deronda (Penguin)
David, ed., Cambridge Companion to the Victorian novel (new 2012 edition)
Shorter texts will be on electronic reserve.
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
Active participation in class discussion
One 15-page scholarly paper, which will be revised at least once