English R1B

Reading & Composition: Victorian Research

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
6 Spring 2012 Terlaak Poot, Luke
MWF 11-12 35 Evans

Book List

Collins, Wilkie: The Moonstone; Dickens, Charles: Sketches by Boz; Doyle, Arthur Conan: The Lost World; Oliphant, Margaret: The Library Window; Stevenson, Robert Louis: The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde; Stoker, Bram: Dracula

Other Readings and Media

A course reader containing stories, poems, and essays


This course will be about research in two senses: first, we will learn how to perform research on a number of Victorian texts; second, we will discuss the way research itself is represented in these texts. In other words, we’ll be researching Victorian research. The ends and means of research dramatically expanded during the Victorian period, which makes this epoch especially suitable for this kind of attention. Over the course of the semester we will work on developing questions, methods, and goals for our own work, and in the process we will grapple with the many different ways that Victorians thought about, performed, and presented research as a particular kind of work. We’ll follow the figure of the researcher through libraries and laboratories as we read texts that conceive of the activity as detection, exploration, persuasion, entertainment, and more. 

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