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

Spring 2005

E 328 • The English Novel in the Nineteenth Century

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
32175 TTh
9:30 AM-11:00 AM
PAR 105

Course Description

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 set in the imperial reaches of Africa and India.

Grading Policy

2 research assignments (750 wds each = 1500 wds)
1 panel presentation (750 wds)
1 paper proposal (750 wds)
1 final paper (1500-2000 wds)
=75% of the final grade

Attendance and participation = 25% of the final grade


Jane Austen, Emma
Elizabeth Gaskell, North and South
Thomas Hughes, Tom Brown's School Days
Charles Dickens, Great Expectations
George Gissing, New Grub Street
Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone
H. Rider Haggard, King Solomon's Mines
Rudyard Kipling, Kim


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