This course introduces you to nineteenth-century British literature and culture through paying attention to a wide range of genres and social issues. We will discuss issues of race, class, and gender in their historical context, read a diverse selection of genres (poetry, non-fiction, autobiography, and novels), and pay special attention to how literary form affects content and vice-versa, especially in terms of the novel’s politics and social critiques. You will be introduced to a diversity of novel genres in the Victorian period, including the industrial novel, the realist novel, the sensation novel, and the adventure novel. We will also spend time discussing how issues from the nineteenth century remain relevant today. Requirements include short writings, reading quizzes, and a longer final paper (subject to change).
Mary Prince, The History of Mary Prince
Elizabeth Gaskell, Mary Barton
Mary Elizabeth Braddon, Lady Audley’s Secret
George Eliot, Middlemarch
Rider Haggard, King Solomon’s Mines
Other readings (primary and secondary) on Laulima