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In this course we shall explore the Victorian novel. The novels we will read present the first grand attempts to reflect and imagine society as a sprawling network through which individuals move and develop. More than a few orphans and criminals will command our attention, as will other characters who scout the changing, historical borders of identity and public institutions in the nineteenth century. In our class, we will discuss issues such as such as women's rights, the rise of the city, and colonialism. The Victorian authors we will read include Charles Dickens, Elizabeth Gaskell, George Eliot, Wilkie Collins, and Bram Stoker. Alongside of these authors we may occassionally read some modern literary criticism and theory. Course requirements are lively class participation, three papers, and individual writing conferences.
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