ANG2153 British Literature, 1790-1900Fall 2016
This course is an advanced undergraduate class devoted to British novels published between the years 1816 (year of the publication of Jane Austen’s Emma) and 1895 (year of the publication of H.G. Well’s Time Machine). Students will be introduced to an array of theoretical approaches to these texts in order to broaden their perspective on the nineteenth century. Students will also discuss the twentieth-century reception of several texts under consideration in the course with three film adaptations. By engaging with the present popular (mis)appropriations of the past, we will see what this can tell us about that period and our reading of it.
- Midterm exam: 30%
- Final exam: 50%
- Critical questions: 20% (4 questions @ 5% each)
- Jane Austen, Emma (1816)
- Mary Shelley, Frankenstein (1818)
- Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist (1838)
- Emily Bronte, Wuthering Heights (1847)
- Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1865)
- R. L. Stevenson, The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (1886)
- Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray (1891)
- H. G. Wells, The Time Machine (1895)
- Jacob Tierney’s 2003 Twist
- Roy Ward Baker’s 1971 Dr Jekyll and Sister Hyde
- Simon Wells’ 2002 The Time Machine
- Doctor Who “The Unquiet Dead” (Season 1.3)
- Wendy S. Jones, ‘Emma, Gender, and the Mind-Brain‘, ELH 75.2 (Summer 2008)
- Fred V. Randel, ‘The Political Geography of Horror in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein‘, ELH 70.2 (Summer 2003)
- William T. Lankford, ‘“The Parish Boy’s Progress”: The Evolving Form of Oliver Twist‘, PMLA 93.1 (1978)
- Daniela Garofalo, ‘Impossible Love and Commodity Culture in Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights‘, ELH 75.4 (Winter 2008)
- Phyllis Stowell, ‘We’re All Mad Here‘, Children’s Literature Association Quarterly 8, 2 (Summer 1983)
- M. Kellen Williams, ‘“Down With the Door, Poole”: Designating Deviance in Stevenson’s Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde‘, English Literature in Transition, 1880-1920 39, 4 (1996)
- Joseph Carroll, ‘Aestheticism, Homoeroticism, and Christian Guilt in The Picture of Dorian Gray‘, Philosophy and Literature 29.2 (2005 )
- Richard Wasson, ‘Myth and the Ex-Nomination of Class in The Time Machine‘, Minnesota Review 15 (Fall 1980)
- 12 September: Introduction
- 19 September: Austen
- 26 September: Shelley / Film: Twist (I)
- 3 October: Film: Twist (II) / Dickens
- 10 October: Bank holiday
- 17 October: Midterm exam
- 24 October: Reading week
- 31 October: Bronte / Film: Dr Jekyll and Sister Hyde (I)
- 7 November: Carroll / Film: Dr Jekyll and Sister Hyde (II)
- 14 November: Stevenson
- 21 November: Wilde
- 28 November: Film: The Time Machine (2002) – TV: Doctor Who “The Unquiet Dead” (Season 1.3)
- 5 December: Wells
- 12 December: Final exam
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- the work submitted was done, in whole or in part, by an individual other than the one submitting or presenting the work;
- an entire work (e.g., an essay), is copied from another source, or parts of the work are taken from another source without explicit reference to the author;
- an essay copies a sentence or paragraph of another work with minor variations.
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