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ENGL 3364 Nineteenth-Century British Fiction (Spring: 3 )


Course Description

This course examines five major works in the development of the British novel: Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice (1813), Elizabeth Gaskell’s North and South (1855), Charles Dickens’s Bleak House (1852), George Eliot’s Middlemarch (1872), and Thomas Hardy’s The Return of the Native (1874). These classic (but long) novels will be considered in their cultural and historical contexts, with particular focus on gender roles, poverty, social justice, and the rise of the city. We will consider the aesthetic development of realism and experimental modes of narration, linking these artistic concepts, as our authors did, to questions of morality and community.


Instructor(s): Maia McAleavey

Prerequisites: None

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Comments: Fulfills pre-1900 requirement


Last Updated: 16-May-16