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ENGL 7012 Reading in Victorian Culture (Fall: 3 )


Course Description

Victorian literature was created for newly literate masses amid an explosion of print. In this course, we will read poetry as it first appeared in magazines, consider the emergence of detective fiction, and practice reading aloud. We will read major Victorian novels serially and “sideways,” by examining articles, advertisements, and illustrations alongside the original published parts of our texts (including Wilkie Collins’s The Woman in White, Anthony Trollope’s Framley Parsonage, Charles Dickens’s Our Mutual Friend, and Charlotte Yonge’s The Clever Woman of the Family). Critical and theoretical frameworks will include reader response and reception theory, literary sociology, and book history.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Maia McAleavey

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 18-Jan-17