L348 1963 MARSH
Nineteenth-Century British Fiction

2:30p-3:45p MW (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 Brontė sisters, George Eliot, and popular romance and adventure writer, Rider Haggard.