English 100

The Seminar on Criticism: The Victorian Novel

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
5 Fall 2022 Banerjee, Sukanya
TuTh 8-9:30 Wheeler 301

Book List

Braddon, Mary E.: Aurora Floyd; Bronte, Charlotte: Jane Eyre; Dickens, Charles: Hard Times; Stoker, Bram: Dracula



Focusing on the Victorian novel, this course will examine why it emerged as the dominant literary form in nineteenth-century Britain. What made the novel so popular, and in what ways did the novel shape—and was shaped in turn—by the prevailing social, political, and aesthetic preoccupations of the time? What accounts for the Victorian novel’s abiding hold on us today? In addressing these questions, we will read different genres of the Victorian novel, the bildungsroman, the “industrial” novel, the sensation novel, and the fin de siècle gothic. In doing so, we will also focus on enhancing our analytical skills: close reading, developing a thesis, and structuring an argument. Course assignments will include a couple of short assignments culminating in a final paper that will be due at the end of the semester. Readings include the novels listed above and materials in bCourses.

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