The Victorian Novel (LIT4320.01)

Brooke Allen

Many have thought the reign of Queen Victoria (1837-1901) the great age of the English novel.  We will begin with Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist, published  in the first year of the Victorian Era, a novel full of the social concerns that obsessed Dickens and his contemporaries. We will move on to Middlemarch by George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans), a powerful examination of the plight of the gifted woman in mid-Victorian England. We will read The Way of All Flesh, Samuel Butler’s brutal send-up of nineteenth-century bourgeois manners and morals; Thomas Hardy’s tragic masterpiece The Mayor of Casterbridge; and Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray, a classic of the decadent 1890s.

Corequisite: Students are required to be in attendance at all Literature evenings and Poetry at Bennington events (typically on alternating Wednesday evenings at 7:00pm).

Interested students should submit a writing sample by May 6, 2015. Class list will be posted May 10.

Prerequisites: permission of the instructor
Credits: 4
T 2:10pm - 4:00pm; F 2:10pm - 4:00pm
Maximum Enrollment: 20
Course Frequency:
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