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ENGL 5001 ATS: Reading Like a Victorian (Fall: 3 )


Course Description

In this course, we will read “like Victorians” by reading four Victorian novels in their original serial installments: Wilkie Collins’s thriller The Woman in White, Anthony Trollope’s delightful Framley Parsonage, Charles Dickens’s classic Our Mutual Friend, and Charlotte Yonge’s moralistic The Clever Woman of the Family. Each was published monthly or weekly between 1859 and 1865. As we experiment with serial and simultaneous reading, we will consider these texts as they were first produced and consumed, analyzing their accompanying illustrations, articles, and advertisements. Along the way, we will imagine the experience of reading in a world new to mass literacy.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Maia McAleavey

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments: Fulfills the pre-1900 requirement


Last Updated: 18-Jan-17