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Spring 2017-2018
* ENG 412 (LA)   No Audit

Major Author(s) - Dickens, Bronte, Eliot

Deborah E. Nord
Rosalind A. Parry

We will read fiction by Dickens, C. Bronte, and Eliot with an eye to the connections between their works. How did these writers influence each other and develop as novelists? Special attention to fictional autobiography and the creation of vast social panoramas. Each text combines a focus on one individual consciousness with a broadly conceived account of Victorian society, its ethos and expectations. What formal innovations do these novelists employ to represent the sensibility and psyche of the individual on the one hand and the massive network of classes and types in an industrializing society on the other?

Sample reading list:
Charles Dickens, Great Expectations
Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre
George Eliot, The Mill on the Floss
Charles Dickens, Bleak House
Charlotte Bronte, Villette
George Eliot, Daniel Deronda
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
200-300 pages of reading per week. Two short papers (5-6) pages, one longer paper (7-10) pages.

Requirements/Grading:
Papers - 30%
Term Paper(s) - 45%
Class/Precept Participation - 15%
Other (See Instructor) - 10%

Other information:
Department Distribution: Modernity

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
41074 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm M   McCormick Hall   274   Enrolled:6 Limit:15