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ENGL 4517 Seminar: Social Crisis in the Victorian Novel (Fall: 3 )


Course Description

The Victorian novel has often been criticized for being too conservative, too sentimental, and too long. In this course, we will challenge those first two premises by exploring how the dominant art form of the time registered and responded to the many social, spiritual, financial, and sexual crises that marked Queen Victoria's 64 year reign. We will attempt to make sense of the relationship between these historical crises and the novel's evolution during the nineteenth century. We will read works by such authors as Charles Dickens, George Eliot, Charlotte Bronte, Thomas Hardy, and Arthur Conan Doyle.


Instructor(s): Joshua Olivier-Mason

Prerequisites: None

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Comments: Assignments will include a short paper, a research paper, and Blackboard discussions.


Last Updated: 07-Dec-13