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

Spring 2006

E 328 • The English Novel in the Nineteenth Century

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
33510 MWF
9:00 AM-10:00 AM
PAR 101

Course Description

What is "Victorian" about the Victorian novel? What does the novel tell us about the way "Victorians" perceived themselves and their place in Britain, the British Empire, and the world? Is there a difference between the nineteenth-century "English" novel and its Scottish and Irish contemporaries? Among many other things, the Victorian novel concerned itself with questions of identity: national and imperial, economic and social, religious and gender. People accustomed to finding their predetermined "place" in the social order began to see themselves as part of larger groups with common interests: owners and workers, landlords and tenants, men and women, Whigs and Tories. Disraeli's famous characterization of Victorian Britain as "Two Nations," one wealthy and complacent, the other dispossessed and menacing, will be our starting point for examining the Victorian novel's quest to find a stable basis for personal and social identity in the midst of bewildering change.

Grading Policy

1 oral presentation 15%
1 mid-term essay examination 30%
1 paper proposal (250-500 words) 5%
1 final paper (1500-2000 words) 30%
Attendance and participation 20%


Walter Scott, Guy Mannering
Elizabeth Gaskell, North and South
Benjamin Disraeli, Sybil
Emily Bronte, Wuthering Heights
Charles Dickens, Great Expectations
George Eliot, Middlemarch
Edith Somerville and Martin Ross, The Real Charlotte
Thomas Hardy, Jude the Obscure


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