ENGL344 - Nineteenth-Century Fiction

Major British, American, and other fiction writers of the nineteenth century studied in the context of the broad global, intellectual, and artistic interests of the century.

In particular, this course will focus on horror as it is expressed by 19th-century British & American fiction writers. We will read fiction by Mary Shelley, Emily Brontë, Edgar Allan Poe, George Eliot, Robert Louis Stevenson, HG Wells, Henry James, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, & Bram Stoker; we will begin, however, with “The Sandman,” an 1816 story short by the German writer ETA Hoffman. Topics of discussion will include the body, the double, the foreign, the child, the animal, the undead, the uncanny, &, last but definitely not least, Immanuel Kant’s concept of radical evil. Assignments will include active participation (10%), reading quizzes (10%), a mid-semester paper (20%), a final paper (30%), & a final exam (30%).