Spring 2013 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
Neglected until recently as a fallow period for British fiction until the rise Realism in the Victorian era, the 1800-1850 era is now recognized as one of the most fascinating in the history of the British novel. It is a period of abundant experimentation and creativity in which multiple genres flourish: the Gothic novel, historical novels, crime fiction, science fiction, novels about the immorality and decadence of the upper-classes, and the novels about the rise of a newly globalized economy. We will focus not only on how this era influences the fiction of the remainder of the nineteenth century, but also on how these novels are rich and rewarding in their own terms.
Austen, *Northanger Abbey*
Mary Shelley, *The Last Man*
Dickens, *The Old Curiosity Shop*
E. Bronte, *Wuthering Heights*
C. Bronte, *Jane Eyre*
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
One major project; midterm, final, and one class presentation.