L348 2119 STAFF
Nineteenth-Century British Fiction

5:45p-7:00p TR (30) 3 cr.

From the ordered and comic world of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice (1813) through the decadent disturbance of Oscar Wilde's *fin de siecle* The Picture of Dorian Gray (1890), this course surveys not only important texts by a diverse group of major (and a few little-known) authors but also the nineteenth-century culture that gave them birth and the critical and real-world issues they illuminate for us today. Topics include: "realism," journalism, and the "truth" of fiction; the intersections of story and history; the nineteenth-century invention of childhood; fairy tale inheritances and filmic legacies; "autobiography" and first-person narrative; prejudice and creativity; modernity and urban life; sex, crime, and violence; Victorian spectacle and popular culture; gender and feminism; Darwinism, "Bible-smashing," and the Victorian "death of God." Authors will also include: Charles Dickens, one (at least) of the Bronte sisters, George Eliot, and popular romance and adventure writer, Rider Haggard.