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ENGL 4524 Advanced Topic Seminar: Irish Victorian Fiction (Fall: 3 )

Course Description

This class examines novels written about Ireland or by Irish authors during the Victorian period. It touches on issues such as the possession of land and relations between landlords and tenants, before and after the land war of the 1880s; the dynamics of rural society; Gothic and allegory in writing; realism in fiction; social satire and urban fiction; women novelists and the New-Woman Novel. The late nineteenth century has often been thought of as the great period for the novel in Britain and Europe. However, until recently, Irish novels from this period have been neglected for a variety of reasons, including the hostility of the Irish Revival and late twentieth-century literary criticism. Recently, however, there has been renewed interest in Irish Victorian fiction and it can open many opportunities for exciting research to scholars at all levels, including undergraduates. The class offers students the chance to write a research paper of significant length and depth.

Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): James Murphy

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments: Fulfills the pre-1900 requirement

Last Updated: 24-Jun-17