L348 26008 NINETEENTH-CENTURY BRITISH FICTION
2:30p-3:45p TR (30 students) 3 cr., A&H.
In this course we will read some of the most significant–and enjoyable!–of nineteenth-century novels, focusing on the political and especially ethical questions they presented for their first readers and present for us reading them today. I am likely to assign novels by Jane Austen (Persuasion most likely), Sir Walter Scott (Waverly), Charles Dickens (perhaps Great Expectations or Bleak House), George Eliot, and Thomas Hardy, along with critical essays and contextual material from the period. Students will be expected to engage energetically in discussion of the novels, to take two exams, and to write two papers, one of which will be revised.