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Spring 2017-2018
ENG 565   na, npdf

The Victorian Novel - Novels of Society

Deborah E. Nord

Industrial novels, Condition-of-England novels, social panoramas, fallen woman and "woman question" narratives, stories of class conflict, multi-plot Jeremiads: all of these are forms of Victorian social fiction. We read a group of these texts alongside prose by Victorian social critics (Carlyle, Ruskin, Engels) and select 20th and 21st century critical essays. How and why did the Victorians invent the social problem novel? Were new fictional forms created in the process? What does class mean in these texts, and what does it mean to us a literary critics?

Sample reading list:
Elizabeth Gaskell, Mary Barton
Charlotte Brontë, Villette
Charles Dickens, Dombey and Son
George Eliot, Middlemarch
Charles Dickens, Bleak House
Thomas Hardy, Tess of the D'Urbervilles
See instructor for complete list

Oral Presentation(s) - 20%
Term Paper(s) - 70%
Class/Precept Participation - 10%

Other Requirements:
Open to Graduate Students Only.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
42060 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm Th   McCosh Hall   B14   Enrolled:5 Limit:15