English | Nineteenth Century British Fiction
L348 | 1892 | Marsh


7:15p-8:30p 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" and
journalism; story and history; the invention of childhood; fairytale
inheritances and filmic legacies; "autobiography" and first-person
narrative; prejudice and creativity; modernity and the urban; sex,
crime, and violence; Darwinism, "Bible-smashing," and the
Victorian "death of God." Authors and texts include: Charles
Dickens, OLIVER TWIST (1837-8); Charlotte Brvnte, JANE
EYRE (1847); George Eliot, MIDDLEMARCH (1871-2); Rider
Haggard, SHE (1887).