WGSS 333 Spring 2013 The Nineteenth-Century British Novel

Cross Listed as ENGL333
Imagine this: a form of art and entertainment that purports to be able to represent everything-intimate, even inaccessible human thoughts and feelings, love, class, the city, shopping, sexuality, bureaucracy, social bonds, industrialization, nationalism, even modernity itself. In this course we will try to understand the scope of the nineteenth-century British novel's jaw-dropping representational aspirations: its claim to comprehend in its pages both the dizzying complexity of new social, political, and economic structures, as well as delineate in finest detail the texture of individual minds and lives. We will pay attention to the fictional modes by which apparently intractable social problems are resolved, through a sleight of hand act we seem never to tire of, in the realm of romantic love. And while we might think of the novel as an Empire of the Little, endlessly occupied with giving significance to the smallest acts of ordinary human life, we will think about the broader historical and social conditions the novel both represents in its pages, and is a crucial not-so-silent partner in promoting and contesting. We will also interest ourselves in the kind of under-the-counter work the Victorian novel does on behalf of British empire, as well as empire's own behind-the-scenes work for the novel. Since so many of these stories of everyday life seem as familiar to us as everyday life, we will work hard to maintain what is strange and specific about the nineteenth century even as we recognize within these works the birth of so much that is modern in our own culture. Likely authors include: Austen, Scott, Bronte,Dickens, Eliot, Braddon, and Forster.
Class Format: discussion/seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: heavy reading; flexible writing requirements with options for journal, short papers, exam, and final long paper
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Prerequisites: a 100-level English course, or a score of 5 on the Advanced Placement examination in English Literature or a 6 or 7 on the International Baccalaureate or permission of the instructor
Enrollment Preference: English majors
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Distribution Notes: meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under ENGL meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under WGSS
Divisional Attributes: Division II
Other Attributes: ENGL Literary Histories B
Enrollment Limit: 25
Expected Enrollment: 20
Class Number: 3617
WGSS333-01(S) SEM 19th Century British Novel Division 2: Social Studies Alison A. Case
TF 1:10 PM-2:25 PM Schapiro Hall 137 3617
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