Tuesday, March 5th / The Historical Novel II

Primary Source:

Finish reading William Thackeray, Vanity Fair (1848)

Secondary Sources: We’ll be returning to Iser today: “The Reading Process: A Phenomenological Approach.” New Literary History, vol. 3, no. 2, 1972, pp. 279-299. (pdf)

Also read Iser on Vanity Fair from The Implied Reader

Class Presentation and Assigned Critical Reading:
Gabrielle Stecher

Dibattista, Maria. “The Triumph of Clytemnestra: The Charades in Vanity Fair.” PMLA, vol. 95, no. 5, 1980, pp. 827–837.

*Please read section three (pg. 833-836). If you have time, though, I do recommend reading the entire article, as it is one of the most influential articles to be published on Vanity Fair and will also give you a sense of the kind of work published in PMLA.

Richieri Griffin, Cristina. “Experiencing History and Encountering Fiction in Vanity Fair.” Victorian Studies, vol. 58, no. 3, 2016, pp. 412-435.

*Please read the entire article.

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Spring Break March 11th through March 15th

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Tuesday, March 19th / Realism 

Primary Source:

Charles Dickens, Bleak House (1853)

Class Presentation and Assigned Critical Reading:
Jessica Lambert

Miller, D. A. “Discipline in Different Voices: Bureaucracy, Police, Family, and Bleak House.” Representations, vol. 1, no. 1, February 1983, pp. 59-89. Please read pp. 72-82.

Rajan, Supritha, “The Epistemology of Trust and Realist Effect in Charles Dickens’s Bleak House.” Nineteenth-Century Literature, vol. 72, no. 1, 2017, pp. 64-106. Please read pp. 64-68 and 79-89.

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Tuesday, March 26th / Industrial Novel 

Primary Source:

Elizabeth Gaskell, North and South (1855)

Class Presentation and Assigned Critical Reading:
Annelise Norman

Harman, Barbara Leah. “In Promiscuous Company: Female Public Appearance in Elizabeth Gaskell’s North and South.” Victorian Studies, vol. 31, no. 3, 1988, pp. 351-374.

Puri, Tara. “Indian Objects, English Body: Utopian Yearnings in Elizabeth Gaskell’s North and South.” Journal of Victorian Culture, vol. 22, no. 1, 2017, pp. 1-23.

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Tuesday, April 2nd / Novel of Ideas

Primary Source:

George Eliot, Daniel Deronda (1876)

Class Presentation and Assigned Critical Reading:
Emily Beckwith 

Freedgood, Elaine. “Introduction: Reading Things.” The Ideas in Things: Fugitive Meaning in the Victorian Novel, University of Chicago Press, 2006, pp.1-29.

Osborne, Katherine Dunagan. “Inherited Emotions: George Eliot and the Politics of Heirlooms.” Nineteenth-Century Literature, vol. 64, no. 4, 2010, pp. 465-93. Please read pp. 465-469 and 478-492. [The notes to this chapter are also important, particularly as they contain citations.]

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Tuesday, April 9th/ Why not Anne Bronte?

Primary Source:

Anne Bronte, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (1848)

Class Presentation and Assigned Critical Reading:
Brianna Phillips

Langland, Elizabeth. “The Voicing of Feminine Desire in Anne Bronte’s The Tenant of Wildfell Hall.” Gender and Discourse in Victorian Literature and Art, edited by Anthony H. Harrison and Beverley Taylor, Northern Illinois UP, 1992, pp. 111-123. Please read the entire article. 

Losano, Antonia. “The Professionalization of the Woman Artist in Anne Bronte’s The Tenant of Wildfell Hall.” Nineteenth-Century Literature, vol. 58, no. 1, June 2003, pp. 1-41. Please read pages 1-7 and 21-35.

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Tuesday, April 16th /  The New Woman Novel

Primary Source:

Amy Levy, The Romance of the Shop (1888)

Class Presentation and Assigned Critical Reading:
Stephanie Gibson

Cunningham, Gail. Introduction. The New Woman and the Victorian Novel, Macmillan, 1978, pp. 1-19.

Kramp, Michael. “Exposing Visual Discipline: Amy Levy’s Romance of a Shop, the Decay of Paternalistic Masculinity, and the Powers of Female Sight.” Victorians Institute Journal, vol. 40, Jan. 2012, pp. 111–143.

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Tuesday, April 23rd / Race, Imperialism, and Nineteenth-Century Canon Making

Primary Sources:

Dinah Mulock Craik, The Half -Caste: an old governess’s tale (1897)

Class Presentation and Assigned Critical Reading:
Morgan Richardson

Showalter, Elaine. “Dinah Mulock Craik and the Tactics of Sentiment: A Case Study in Victorian Female Authorship.” Feminist Studies, vol. 2, no. 2/3, 1975, pp. 5-23.

Mascarenhas, Kiran. “The Half-Caste: A Half-Told Tale.” Women’s Writing, vol. 20, no.3, 2013, pp. 344-357.

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Tuesday, April 30thIn-Class Writing Workshop

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