ENGL422 - English Victorian Literature
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Prerequisite: Two English courses in literature; or permission of ARHU-English department.

A survey of English literature of the Victorian period. Writers may include Arnold, Browning, Tennyson, Dickens, George Eliot, Carlyle, Ruskin, Newman, and Wilde.

This rigorous, upper-level course will study the extraordinary literary achievements of Victorian Britain. An age of cultural, political, and aesthetic upheaval, the Victorian period was a time of working-class agitation, struggles for women's rights, industrialization, imperial aggression, scientific discovery, and shifting ideas about race. Through the study of novels, poems, and non-fiction prose, we will consider how Victorian literature engages with the disordered age in which it was composed. Authors will include Alfred Tennyson, Charles Dickens, Charlotte Brontë, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, George Eliot, and Mary Seacole, among others. Coursework will include a significant research paper (8- to 10-pages), enthusiastic participation, an in-class presentation, and a final exam. Students are encouraged to read Dickens' Bleak House over the summer (we'll be using the most recent Penguin edition). 
Prerequisites: 
Two English courses in literature; or permission of ARHU-English department.