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Martin Kevorkian, Chair CAL 226, Mailcode B5000, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-4991

Spring 2009

E 328 • English Novel in the Nineteenth Century

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
34350 MW
3:30 PM-5:00 PM
PAR 103

Course Description

Our focus in this course will be on the variety of forms the English novel took (and invented) during the nineteenth century. We will sample a wide range of genres and subgenres, including the novel of manners, the gothic novel, the imperial novel, the science fiction novel, the historical novel, the classic "realist" novel, the comic novel, and the detective novel. We will consider the usefulness of these classifications: the expectations they create, the boundaries they set (and break), the kinds of experience they deem valuable, and those they push to the margins or exclude altogether. We will also pay a great deal of attention to style, and, to help us focus our attention, a number of the written assignments for the course will ask the student to write a scene in the "voice" of a given author, followed by a rigorous critical analysis that tries to come to grips with the peculiarities, drawbacks, and achievements of that style.

Grading Policy

Three "style" papers (including analysis) 3-4 pages 15% each
Critical essay 9-10 pages 25%
Class participation 20%
Reading quizzes 10%


Austen, Pride and Prejudice
Trollope, Barchester Towers
Dickens, Our Mutual Friend
Collins, The Moonstone
Stevenson, Kidnapped
Wells, The First Men in the Moon
Conrad, Heart of Darkness
Jerome, Three Men in a Boat


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