English 338: Victorian Fiction

338-010 Prof. Grossman
MWF 10:10-11:00
Gore Hall 223
Office Hours: Wed. 3-5 (make an appointment via email)

In this course we shall explore the Victorian novel. Our reading will take us on a journey in which we will discuss a wide variety of topics, such as women's rights, the rise of the city, and colonialism. 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. The Victorian authors we will read include Charles Dickens, Elizabeth Gaskell, George Eliot, Thomas Hardy, and Oscar Wilde. Alongside of these authors we will read some modern literary criticism and theory. Course requirements are lively class participation, three papers, and individual writing conferences.


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