English 133 - Fall, 2018

19th Century British Literature

Class Information

Instructor: Miller, Elizabeth
CRN: 43015
Time: MWF 12:10-1:00
Location: 146 Olson


    This class will survey British literature of the nineteenth century, focusing on major literary developments of the Romantic and Victorian periods and their interrelation with key historical and cultural events. We will read novels, short stories, poetry, and drama, touching on an array of literary genres including realism, the Gothic, science fiction, fantasy, detective fiction, the lyric, the dramatic monologue, and farce. We will also examine the historical and cultural context for these literary developments, such as the industrial revolution, the rise of a mass print readership, imperialism, feminism, secularism, Darwinism, consumerism, and mass education. Our goals will be: 1) to develop a solid understanding of nineteenth-century British literature and its many innovations; 2) to situate that literature within an historical context; 3) to enhance your skills in reading and interpretation; 4) to strengthen your abilities as a writer and researcher.


    Papers, Quizzes, Final exam, attendance


    Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
    Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll
    Hard Times, Charles Dickens
    The Sign of the Four, Arthur Conan Doyle
    The Jungle Book, Rudyard Kipling
    Goblin Market, Christina Rossetti
    Frankenstein, Mary Shelley
    The Importance of Being Earnest, Oscar Wilde