English 133 - Winter, 2016

19th Century British Literature

Class Information

Instructor: Roy, Parama
CRN: 43591
Time: TR 12:10-1:30
Location: 118 Olson


    This course will serve as an introduction to the representative poetry, fiction, drama, and discursive prose of the Victorian period (roughly 1830 to 1900) in Britain. It will combine detailed critical reading with a consideration of the intellectual, social, economic, and political contexts out of which these cultural texts emerged. We will investigate the following topics in some detail: imagined pasts, “progress,” evolution, and projected futures; urbanization and ethnographic documentation of the urban poor; the industrial, consumer, scientific, and feminist revolutions; domesticity, intimacy, and the regulation of sexual identities; imperial expansion and crisis; and the growth of mass media.


    Attendance and participation in class and on a SmartSite forum; quizzes; midterm; 8-9 page paper; take-home final.


    The Broadview Anthology of British Literature: The Victorian Era, 2nd edition, Joseph Black et al., ed.
    The Moonstone, ed. Steve Farmer , Wilkie Collins
    The Sign of Four, Arthur Conan Doyle