E 328 • English Novel in the Nineteenth Century
2:00 PM-3:30 PM
The "Victorian novel" acquires its literary-historical designation from Queen Victoria, England's ruling monarch for 64 years, from l837 to l901. For all the monarchical stability, however, profound social, political and cultural changes marked this period in English history and the Victorian age might be variously referred to as the "age of ideology," the "age of capital" or the "age of imperialism." Our readings in the Victorian novel and its immediate precursors will examine its place in European literary history, but that history will be considered as part of a larger process of socio-political changes in domestic England and in the expanding British Empire. The l9th century witnessed enormous industrial development and with it the emergence of the working class as a coherent force. Women, the working class, and empire continued to exert pressure on the literary production of the last half of the l9th century and these concerns will inform our reading of the later novels as well set in the imperial reaches of Africa and India.
2 research essays (750 wds each) 25%
1 panel presentation (750 wds) 15%
1 paper proposal (500 wds) 15%
1 final research paper (1800-2400 wds) 25%
1 take-home essay (750 wds) 15%
Attendance and participation will also be taken into consideration in determining the final grade.
Jane Austen, Emma
Elizabeth Gaskell, North and South
Charles Dickens, Hard Times
Thomas Hughes, Tom Brown's School Days
George Gissing, New Grub Street
H. Rider Haggard, King Solomon's Mines
Rudyard Kipling, Kim