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Victorianism Module, Spring 2004

Monday, February 23

  • "The Victorian Age" (anthology 1008) and Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol (1843, anthology 1357)

    • Dictionary of Literary Biography (subscription only): Dickens as novelist

    • Dickens has attracted a fair amount of attention on the Web, and the best door to that information is David Perdue's Dickens Page.

Prepare a question of comment for the time at the end of class.


Wednesday, February 25

  • Alfred, Lord Tennyson, "The Lady of Shalott" (1832/1842, anthology 1141) and "The Charge of the Light Brigade" (1854, 1195)

Linking Passage Exercise: Group III


Friday, February 27

Note: this is the first day with the realigned small groups for the Victorian unit.

Seminar B (Groups IV, V, and VI) meets in the classroom, and Group V submits responses individually by Thursday night. Seminar A meets in small groups, each of which will be led by member #2. All other members of Groups I, II, and III submit responses by Thursday night.


Monday, March 1

  • Charles Darwin, all anthology readings (anthology 1243)

    • Dictionary of Literary Biography (subscription only): Darwin as prose writer and travel writer

    • Robert Hatch's Darwin Page has useful general information on Darwin and his contexts. It also includes an outline of the Origin.

    • John van Wyhe has created a good searchable site with Darwin's texts, images, and a Darwin bibliography.

Linking Passage Exercise: Group IV


Wednesday, March 3

  • Matthew Arnold, "Dover Beach" (anthology 1551) from New Poems (1867), "The Function of Criticism at the Present Time" (anthology 1573) from Essays in Criticism (1865) and from "The Study of Poetry" (anthology 1593) from Essays in Criticism, second series (1880)

    • Dictionary of Literary Biography (subscription only): Arnold as poet and prose writer

    • Although too specialized to provide an introductory look at Arnold, David DeLaura's chapter on "The Quarrel of Reason and Faith from Hebrew and Hellene in Victorian England: Newman, Arnold, and Pater is the best Arnold-related material on the Internet. The rest of the Victorian Web site, characteristically, has some interesting scattered tidbits on Arnold.

Linking Passage Exercise: Group V


Friday, March 5

Seminar A (Groups I, II, and III) meets in the classroom, and Group III submits responses individually by Thursday night. Seminar B meets in small groups, each of which will be led by member #3. All other members of Groups IV, V, and VI submit responses by Thursday night.


Monday, March 8

  • Oscar Wilde, from "The Decay of Lying: A Dialogue" (1889, anthology 1864) and from "The Soul of Man Under Socialism" (1891, anthology 1879)

    • Dictionary of Literary Biography (subscription only): Wilde as prose writer

    • The place reputed to be the best Wilde site on the Web is The Wild Wilde Web, but it is under construction at this writing (and has been so for at least a year).

    • Wilde's famous trials have inspired two excellent sites. The Bobst Library at NYU has built a spectacular web version of their exhibition commemorating the centennial of the trials: Reading Wilde, Querying Spaces. Though less polished and flashy, the University of Missouri-Kansas City Law School's site on the trials also contains a wealth of interesting information.

Linking Passage Exercise: Group VI


Wednesday, March 10

  • Charlotte BrontÎ, Jane Eyre (1847), 64-176

    • Dictionary of Literary Biography (subscription only): BrontÎ as novelist

    • You'll find good , bad , and outdated information alike from Mitsuharu Matsuoka's BrontÎ Sisters Web, but it's still the best starting point on the Web. Matsuoka's e-text of Elizabeth Gaskell's influential Victorian Life of BrontÎ is a valuable contribution.

Note: You need to finish the novel by the end of Spring Break. Pace yourself according to your desire to use (or not to use) the break as time to read it.

Linking Passage Exercise: Group I


Friday, March 12

Seminar B (Groups IV, V, and VI) meets in the classroom, and Group VI submits responses individually by Thursday night. Seminar A meets in small groups, each of which will be led by member #3. All other members of Groups I, II, and III submit responses by Thursday night.


SPRING BREAK

Monday, March 29

PAPER PROSPECTUS DUE
FOR STUDENTS WRITING PAPERS

  • BrontÎ, Jane Eyre (1847), 177-556

Prepare a question or comment for class.


Wednesday, March 31

  • Rudyard Kipling, "Without Benefit of Clergy" (1890, anthology 1749) and "The White Man's Burden" (1899) and associated materials from this page. Read the poem itself and the sections called "The Image" and "The Advertisement." Then choose 5-10 links to follow in "The Response."

Linking Passage Exercise: Group II


Friday, April 2

SECOND EXAM/PAPER DATE


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