ENGL379C - How to Be Famous: Celebrity Culture and British Literature, 1800 to Present
101 - TBA

What does it mean to be a celebrated writer in British culture? In what ways is that esteem an exportable good? How do more recent controversies in British prize culture adhere to or challenge Great Britain’s notions about "the celebrity"? This course will focus on both primary texts and relevant contextual materials with an eye for understanding different forms of fame in British literary culture. We’ll examine nineteenth-century British authors who established strongholds in other literary cultures (possible authors include Wilde, Tennyson, the Brownings, Dickens, and Austen). We’ll look also at the twentieth-century British take on the literary celebrity (possible authors include Kazuo Ishiguro, Peter Carey, Ian McEwan, Doris Lessing, and Zadie Smith).

Repeatable to 9 credits if content differs.


Two lower-level English courses, at least one in literature; or permission of department.