English | Nineteenth-Century British Fiction
L348 | 14386 | Andrew Miller
L348 14386 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,
moral, and aesthetic questions they presented for their first
readers and present for us reading them today. Our focus will be on
the technical means by which the novelists achieve their effects.
How do these authors convey the thoughts and feelings of their
characters, for instance? How do they represent the interactions
between their characters within broader social environments? How do
these novels represent different social, national, and ethnic
groups? How do they represent different genders? By means of what
literary devices do they do all this? My aims in the course are to
give you a better understanding of the fiction of the period and to
see how the devices used by these authors to understand their
psychological, ethical and political worlds continue to bear on our
own understanding of our lives and world. Texts are likely to
include novels by Austen, Scott, Dickens, Eliot, and Hardy.
Students will probably write two papers and take two exams.