Spring 2016 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Brewer, Kenneth
Discipline and Number
LIT 3340 Section 001
MW Time 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM
Course Title
The Victorian Novel

Description of Course:

This course focuses on the most compelling literary form of the Victorian era: the novel. The Victorian era is also the most sustained period of novelistic greatness in English literature. 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:

This reading is list is tentative and subject to change before the semester begins; please contact the instructor if you have questions:

Brontë, C. Jane Eyre
Brontë, A. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
Dickens, Bleak House
Gaskell, E. North and South
Braddon, Lady Audley's Secret
Stevenson, Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Stoker, Dracula

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

Major paper, short writings, exams

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