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Victorianism Module, Fall 2003

Monday, October 6

  • "The Victorian Age" (anthology 1008)

    • Although its materials are of inconsistent depth and quality, The Victorian Web remains the best Internet source for general information on the Victorian period.

Like the first class day of the last module, this one will include a broad introduction to the period and time for questions.


Wednesday, October 8

  • Hemans, "Casabianca" (1829, anthology 819) and "Indian Woman's Death-Song" (1828, anthology 829)

  • Tricia Lootens, "Hemans and Home: Victorianism, Feminine 'Internal Enemies', and the Domestication of National Identity." PMLA 109 (March 1994): 238-53.

    • Nan Sweet, a scholar who does excellent work on Hemans, has put a chronology and a bibliography online.

    • Another prominent Hemans scholar (Hemansian?), Susan Wolfson, has recently completed an excellent edition of Hemans's work, and you can see the useful introduction here.

Prepare a comment or question for the post-lecture discussion.


Friday, October 10

Seminar A (Groups I, II, III, and IV) meets in FINE 243, and Group III submits responses by Thursday night. Seminar B meets in small groups, each of which will be led by member #3. All other members of Groups V, VI, VII, and VIII submit responses by Thursday night.


Monday, October 13

  • Charles Darwin, all anthology readings (anthology 1243)

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

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

Linking Passage Responses: Group I


Wednesday, October 15

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

    • You'll find good , bad , and outdated information alike from Mitsuharu Matsuoka's Brontë Sisters Web, but it's still the best starting point on the Web.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 Brontë is a valuable contribution.

Linking Passage Responses: Group II

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


Friday, October 17

Seminar B (Groups V, VI, VII, and VIII) meets in FINE 243, and Group VII submits responses 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, III, and IV submit responses by Thursday night.


FALL BREAK

Monday, October 27

  • Brontë, Jane Eyre (1847), 177-556

Linking Passage Responses: Group III


Wednesday, October 29

  • Elizabeth Barrett Browning, anthology excerpts from Aurora Leigh (1856, 1112) and book IX (handout).

    • No full-scale scholarly web site on Barrett Browning exists, though the Victorian Web does collect a lot of tidbits on its page for Aurora Leigh. Remember here especially and throughout these pages that most of the best information resides in print in the library.

Linking Passage Responses: Group IV


Friday, October 31

Seminar A (Groups I, II, III, and IV) meets in FINE 243, and Group IV submits responses by Thursday night. Seminar B meets in small groups, each of which will be led by member #4. All other members of Groups V, VI, VII, and VIII submit responses by Thursday night.


Monday, November 3

PAPER PROSPECTUS DUE
FOR STUDENTS WRITING PAPERS

  • John Ruskin, from The Stones of Venice from the section "The Nature of the Gothic," (1852, anthology 1476)

  • Matthew Arnold, "The Function of Criticism at the Present Time" (anthology 1573) from Essays in Criticism (1865)

    • 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. (To belabor a point: the quality of Landow's adaptation of printed material here--an exception to the rule of Web-only content--is another good reminder that a bit of library research is highly likely to provide much better information than the Internet at this point.)

    • 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 Responses: Group V


Wednesday, November 5

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

    • 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 Responses: Group VI


Friday, November 7

A change of pace: I will be out of town at a conference today, so everyone meets in small groups, led by student #5 in all cases. (This skips over #4 in seminar B, but you'll get your turn next time around.) Everyone other than the number fives submits a response by Thursday night.


Monday, November 10

SECOND EXAM/PAPER DATE

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