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Victorianism


Friday, April 11

  • "The Victorian Age" (anthology 1099) and Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol (1843, anthology 1464)

    • 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.


Monday, April 14

  • Alfred, Lord Tennyson, "The Lady of Shalott" (1832/1842, anthology 1235) and "The Charge of the Light Brigade" (1854, 1291)

Linking Passage Exercise: Group 4


Tuesday, April 15

PAPER DUE FOR STUDENTS WRITING PAPERS;
SUBMIT UNDER MY OFFICE DOOR BY 3:00


Wednesday, April 16

  • Charles Darwin, all anthology readings (anthology 1347)

    • 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 5


Friday, April 18

  • Charlotte BrontÎ, Jane Eyre (1847), 63-176

    • Dictionary of Literary Biography (Grinnell 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    • You'll find good, bad, and outdated information alike from Mitsuharu Matsuoka's BrontÎ Sisters Web, but it's still the best starting point on the Web.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.

Linking Passage Exercise: Group 6


Monday, April 21

  • BrontÎ, Jane Eyre, 177-302

Linking Passage Exercise: Group 1


Wednesday, April 23

  • BrontÎ, Jane Eyre, 303-413

Linking Passage Exercise: Group 2


Friday, April 25

  • Elizabeth Barrett Browning, anthology selections from Aurora Leigh (1857, anthology 1203)

Discussion day: Seminar A meets in the regular classroom, with group 1 doing responses. Seminar B (groups 4, 5, and 6) does responses and meets in small groups, led by group member #4.


Monday, April 28

  • BrontÎ, Jane Eyre, 414-556

Linking Passage Exercise: Group 3


Wednesday, April 30

  • John Ruskin, from The Stones of Venice from the section "the Nature of the Gothic," (1852, anthology 1580) and from Modern Manufacture and Design (1859, anthology 1590)

    • Victorian Web editor George Landow has adapted his previously published introduction to Ruskin and his works on his site, making that page one of the better ones on the patchy and sprawling Victorian Web.

Linking Passage Exercise: Group 4


Friday, May 2

  • William Morris, from "The Beauty of Life" (1880, anthology 1760)

Discussion day: Seminar B meets in the regular classroom, with group 4 doing responses. Seminar A (groups 1, 2, and 3) does responses and meets in small groups, led by group member #4.


Monday, May 5

  • Matthew Arnold, "Dover Beach" (anthology 1662) from New Poems (1867), "The Function of Criticism at the Present Time" (anthology 1685) from Essays in Criticism (1865) and from "The Study of Poetry" (anthology 1705) 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 5


Tuesday, May 6

PAPER PROSPECTUS DUE
FOR STUDENTS WRITING PAPERS


Wednesday, May 7

  • Oscar Wilde, from "The Decay of Lying: A Dialogue" (1889, anthology 1983) and from "The Soul of Man Under Socialism" (1891, anthology 1998)

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

    • 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 6


Friday, May 9

Last day: questions, wrapping up, spontaneous appreciations of verse forms, carnival games and rides.


Wednesday, May 14

FINAL EXAM AT 2:00 PM

OR

PAPER DUE UNDER MY OFFICE DOOR AT NOON

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