Sample Syllabus for English 73, Brown University (formerly 61): Victorian Literature


Week 1 Fantastic Visions of Self (I). Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland (1865) and Through the Looking Glass (1871).

Week 2 Thomas Carlyle, Sage-Writing, and Victorianism. Reading: "Signs of the Times" (1829), "Chartism" (1840), "Hudson's Statue" (1851).

Week 3 Fictional Autobiography and the Bildungsroman. Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre (1847)

Week 4. Realism in Fiction: The Industrial Novel. Elizabeth Gaskell, North and South (1855)

Week 5. Fantastic Visions of Self (II). George Macdonald, Phantastes (1858)

Weeks 6 and 7 Joining Self and Society, Fantasy and Realism. Charles Dickens, Little Dorrit (1857) or Great Expectations.

Week 8 History as Her Story -- Realism and the Novel-Poem. Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Aurora Leigh (1857)

Week 9. The Victorian Sage: John Ruskin, Unto This Last (1860),"Traffic" (1858), and other writings.

Week 11 (9 and 11 November). The Victorian Sage: Matthew Arnold , Culture and Anarchy (1869)

Weeks 12 and 13. Realism in Fiction and Visions of Decline. Anthony Trollope, The Way We Live Now. (1875)

Weeks 14 and 15 (30 November through 9 Dercember). Fantasy in Poetic Narrative and Visions of Decline. Alfred Lord Tennyson, Idylls of the King (1842-72)

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