Early Victorian Literature Scheduled Readings

Here’s the list of readings for English 352 (Winter 2015).

Week 1: (Jan 5, 7, 9): Introduction to Early Victorian Literature.

Readings: Tennyson, “Ulysses”; R. Browning, “Porphyria’s Lover.”

 Week 2 (Jan 12, 14, 16): Sages and Scholars in an “Age of Transition.”

Readings: Carlyle, selections from Sartor Resartus and Past and Present; Arnold, “The Scholar Gypsy” and “Stanzas from the Grande Chartreuse.”

Week 3 (Jan 19, 21, 23): Victorian Poetics and Prosody.

Readings: Tennyson, “Mariana” and “The Lady of Shalott.”

Week 4 (Jan 26, 28, 30): Literary Representations of Class and Industrialization.

Readings: E.B. Browning, “The Cry of the Children”; “Contexts: Work and Poverty”; Cook, “A Song for the Workers”; Landon, “The Factory.”

Week 5 (Feb 2, 4, 6): The Victorian Novel circa 1848.  

Readings: A. Bronte, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall.

Week 6 (Feb 9, 11, 13): The Victorian Novel circa 1848 cont.

Readings: The Tenant of Wildfell Hall cont.  


Readings: none.

Week 8 (Feb 23, 25, 27): Representations of Race and Empire.

Readings: E.B. Browning, “The Runaway Slave at Pilgrim’s Point”; Carlyle, “Occasional Discourse on the Negro Question”; Mill, “The Negro Question.”

Week 9 (Mar 2, 4, 6): Faith, Knowledge, and Loss in the Victorian Cultural Imagination.

Readings: Tennyson, In Memoriam A.H.H.

Week 10 (Mar 9, 11, 13): Nature, Science, and Evolution.

Readings: In Memoriam A.H.H. cont.; selections from Darwin, The Voyage of the Beagle and On the Origin of Species.

Week 11 (Mar 16, 18, 20): The Sensation Novel and the 1860s.

Readings: Mary Elizabeth Braddon, Lady Audley’s Secret.

Week 12 (Mar 23, 25, 27): The Sensation Novel and the 1860s.

Readings: Lady Audley’s Secret cont.

Week 13 (Mar 30, Apr 1): The Victorian Ghost Story.

Readings: Gaskell, “The Old Nurse’s Story”; Dickens, “The Signalman.”

Week 14 (Apr 8, 10): Aesthetic Transitions in Victorian Literature circa 1860.

Readings: C. Rossetti, Goblin Market (546).

Week 15 (Apr 13): Cultural/Economic Transitions in Victorian Literature circa 1860.

Readings: Goblin Market cont.

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