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Spring 2017-2018
* ENG 343 (LA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Word and Image: 19th Century Literature and Art

Rebecca E. Rainof

This seminar explores the relationship between narrative representation and visual art in the Victorian period.Why do writers give detailed descriptions of paintings in novels? How does a painting tell a story? In addressing these questions, this course covers a variety of forms including novels, poetry, essays, paintings, sculpture, illustrations, and photography. Subjects include: portraiture and character description, literary realism and painting, depictions of work and poverty, illustrated novels, Pre-Raphaelite art and Victorian poetry, and fin de siècle aesthetics. Multiple course sessions will take place at the Princeton Art Museum.

Sample reading list:
George Eliot, Adam Bede
Charles Dickens, Hard Times
Charlotte Bronte, Villette
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray
Tennyson, Selected Poetry, i.e. "Mariana," "The Lady of Shallot"
Tim Barringer, Reading the Pre-Raphaelites
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Reading: approximately 200 pages of prose a week, including novels, essays, criticism; or selected poems. Looking: Paintings and illustrations, to be closely considered before class (images to be made available online) as well as in class. Writing: 1-2 page close reading exercise, 1-2 page close looking exercise, 5-7 page midterm paper, 8-10 page final paper. There will also be informal weekly writing in class or in preparation for class.

Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 20%
Paper in lieu of Final - 30%
Papers - 10%
Oral Presentation(s) - 5%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%
Other (See Instructor) - 15%

Other information:
Distribution Requirement: Modernity/Theory/Criticism

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
43383 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm T        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled