Spring 2014 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Brewer, Kenneth
Discipline and Number
LIT 3319 Section 501
M Time 7:00 PM - 9:45 PM
Course Title
Victorian Literature

Description of Course:

This course focuses on the most compelling literary form of the Victorian era: the novel. We will examine various genres of the novel in the period, including the crime novel, Gothic, realism, the detective novel, the novel of personal development, and the sensation novel. Themes include aesthetic theories about the novel in the period, how the novel reflected the vast social and political changes taking place in the era, debates about how reading novels affected readers, and the significant stylistic shifts from the early Victorian novel to the end of the era and the beginnings of Modernism.

Required Texts:

Dickens, *Oliver Twist.*
Bronte, C. *Jane Eyre.*
Bronte, E. *Wuthering Heights.*
Collins, *The Moonstone.*
Dickens, *Great Expectations.*
Braddon, *Lady Audley's Secret.*
Trollope, *The Way We Live Now.*
Eliot, *Middlemarch.*
Stevenson, *Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.*
Hardy, *Jude the Obscure.*
Wells, *The Island of Dr. Moreau.*

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

Exams, short response writings, presentation, and major paper.

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