English R1B

Reading and Composition: British Literature and Culture, 1840s - 1914

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
22 Spring 2005 Antoinette Chevalier
TTh 8- 9:30 305 Wheeler Hall

Other Readings and Media

"Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre

Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone

Robert Louis Stevenson, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

E.M. Forster, Howards End

Frederick Crews, The Random House Handbook "


"This course will introduce students to a wide range of fiction and non-fiction prose written during the Victorian and Edwardian eras. Selected works of literary criticism and theory will deepen our understanding of the social and historical climate affecting the production and reception of these texts. Likewise, we will consider formal issues such as genre and narrative methodologies alongside thematic debates of class, gender, empire, immigration, and race which permeated social discourses in England during this time.

In addition to a short diagnostic essay in the beginning, students will produce at least 5 thesis-driven essays of increasing length over the course of the semester. There will be preliminary drafts required of most papers, and the composition and final revisions of essays will be facilitated by work in peer-editing groups. Students will not only learn to perform critical analyses of both literary and non-literary texts, but how to produce writing that may effectively respond to and cogently participate in the critical discourses surrounding published works. "

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