Victorian Literature & Culture
This reading and oral report schedule is meant to be suggestive, not prescriptive, chronological, or inclusive. In the event we find that we need to spend more time on a text/section than originally allocated (or allow more time for oral reports), we can adjust our syllabus accordingly. You should also know that one of the signs of a good class discussion is that we will not have time to address all the reading that has been assigned for a certain day. Let's proceed with the understanding that this class, like life, is a set of contingencies. Formally, the class will proceed through discussion, group workshops, and occasional lecturing. Commonly, I will announce at the end of each class the assignment for the next session.
Please consult our text for the pagination of our readings and read the headnotes in advance. Take a plunge when you sign up for your oral reports!
|Week 1–3||General Introduction: Victorian Cluster I, The Condition of England
|Week 4–6||Cluster II: Caught Between Two Worlds--Culture and the Crisis of Faith
*** Week 4, Notebook (1) due ***
|Week 7–8||Cluster III: The Challenge of Evolution
*** Week 8, Notebook (2) due***
|Week 9–12||Cluster IV: The Construction of Victorian Womanhood
*** Week 12, Notebook (3) due ***
|Week 13–14||Cluster V: Popular Short Fiction
|Week 15–16||The Usual Suspects, or, the Artificial Roundup
*** Final essay due, Monday, 29 November 2010 (post-Turkey) ***