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ENGL 435 1G - 19th-Century British Fiction

Campus: Urbana-Champaign


From Jane Austen's witty couples to Charles Dickens's haunted reformers and Bram Stoker's aristocratic vampires, the characters, stories, and novels created by British writers in the nineteenth century still fascinate us today. This research class gives students a chance to read deeply in the prose fiction of this period; texts may include William Thackeray's Vanity Fair, Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights, Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray, Wilkie Collins's The Moonstone, and Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness. Course Information: 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. May be repeated with permission of English advising office to a maximum of 6 undergraduate hours if topics vary; Graduate students may repeat if topics vary. Prerequisite: One year of college literature or consent of instructor.

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Nineteenth Century British Fiction - An optimistic note of progress is the keynote of many 19th-century novels: characters learn and grow, society works through conflict, secrets are uncovered. But in British fiction, this process of discovery and growth is often complicated by forces that pull you back into the past: nostalgia, loyalty to family, love of a peculiar landscape. Sometimes the characters discover that what they were looking for was in front of them all along, or find they can never truly untangle the dark origins of the problems that entrap them. Even psychological and realistic novels are often organized around a dark central mystery. In this class, we-ll be focusing on this particular mixture of romance, Bildungsroman, the detective story, and Gothic historicism. Our readings will include Jane Austen-s Emma, Charles Dickens-s Bleak House, Emily Bronte-s Wuthering Heights, Wilkie Collins-s The Moonstone, Oscar Wilde-s The Picture of Dorian Gray, and Josep

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Course Level: Graduate

Credit: 4

Term(s): Fall


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