Spring 2014 - Graduate Course Descriptions

Brewer, Kenneth
Discipline and Number
HUSL 6350 Section 001
F Time 1:00 PM - 3:45 PM
Course Title
19th Cent British Literature

Description of Course:

This course focuses on the *Bildungsroman.* This term, often translated as the "novel of education" (or the novel of "development," as these novels seldom focus on formal education), encompasses one of the most prevalent and richest forms of nineteenth century literature. We will focus on philosophical presuppositions of the *Bildungsroman*, analyze outstanding British examples of it in the nineteenth century, develop an understanding of its basic form and variations, and attempt to understand why the form declined at the end of the nineteenth century but was then reinvented by Modernists such as Joyce. We will also examine classical scholarly studies of the genre (Jerome Buckley) and more recent re-conceptions (Franco Moretti). We will also apply recent trends in narrative theory to understand how a narrative presents the educational development of a protagonist.

Required Texts:

Austen, *Emma*
Bronte, C. *Jane Eyre*
Thackeray, *Vanity Fair*
Meredith, *The Ordeal of Richard Feverel*
Dickens, *Great Expectations*
Eliot, *Middlemarch*
Hardy, *Jude the Obscure*
Joyce, *A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.*

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

Presentations, major paper

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