Victorian Fiction

ENGL 338: Victorian Fiction

-080 Prof. Grossman
MWF 9:05- 9:55
Pearson Hall 120

In this Honors course we will probe the Victorian novel's obsession with social discipline. Tracing the struggles between the individual and society that the age's stories embraced, we will pay special attention to some spectacular Victorian courtroom trials, new methods of punishment, the establishment of the police, and the legalization of divorce and of married women's right to own property. More than a few orphans and criminals will command our attention, as will other characters who scout the changing borders of identity and public institutions. Victorian authors we will study include Charles Dickens, Elizabeth Gaskell, George Eliot, Wilkie Collins, Thomas Hardy, and Oscar Wilde. Alonside of these authors we will read some modern literary criticism and theory. Course requirements are lively class participation, two 5-page papers, individual writing conferences, and a final research paper. "Victorian Fiction" is an Honors seminar, and you are particularly encouraged to help shape and enliven our class with your own ideas, contributions, and outside reading and research.

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