We will read some of the great novels of the Victorian era. We will place these novels within the context of the history of the novel, English and European art and music, and social history. We will pay particular attention to the novel as a voice of social reform. Other topics we will examine include: religion, science, mesmerism, the grotesque, feminism, and the fallen woman. We will not read the novels chronologically.
|Gaskell, Elizabeth||North and South||Oxford World's Classics||0192831941|
|Eliot, George||Middlemarch||Oxford World's Classics||0192834029|
|Ward, Mary Augusta||Marcella||Broadview Press||1551111705|
|Thackeray, William Makepeace||Vanity Fair||Oxford World's Classics||0192834436|
|Trollope, Anthony||Barchester Towers||Oxford World's Classics||0192834320|
|Brontë, Charlotte||Jane Eyre||Penguin Classics||0142437204|
|Brontë, Emily||Wuthering Heights||Penguin Classics||0141439556|
|Dickens, Charles||Bleak House||Penguin Classics||0141439726|
|Collins, Wilkie||The Woman in White||Oxford World's Classics||0192834290|
|James, Henry||The Portrait of a Lady||Penguin Classics||0141439637|
|Hardy, Thomas||Tess of the D'Urbervilles||Penguin Classics||0141439599|
All texts will be available at the U of T Bookstore. I highly recommend that you use the editions that have been ordered. You are expected to read Vanity Fair, Barchester Towers, and Bleak House in editions that reproduce the original illustrations: we will be discussing the illustrations in class and they might show up on tests and exams. The class has voted to make The Portrait of a Lady an optional text.
25% first term essay
30% second term essay
10% December test
15% April test
10% quizzes or reading responses
10% informed participation
Plagiarism will not be tolerated. All essays and tests are subject to an additional oral and/or written test at my discretion.
Twelve quizzes or reading responses are required. Students may choose any combination of responses or quizzes. For example, you may choose to write five responses and seven quizzes. Quizzes appear on the course schedule: these dates are the dates the reading responses are due and the quizzes close (always a Tuesday class). Your ten highest grades among your twelve quizzes and responses will be used to calculate the final mark.
Reading responses are due at the beginning of class: no responses will be accepted after the end of class. Each response must be about two pages in length (double line spacing). In a reading response, you write about what you found interesting in that weeks reading: what you liked, what you didnt like, and what youve identified as relevant to the concerns of this course. The last of these three is the most important.
Quizzes will be taken on the Web: they will be available for about four days prior to the Tuesday class of the week on which the quiz is scheduled. You may write the quiz on the Web at any time during those four days. Quizzes will close automatically at 3 p.m. on the day of class.
Essays are due on the above dates. I cannot accept any email submissions. Everyone is entitled to five days of extension, to be used for one essay or divided over two essays. Otherwise, a lateness penalty of 2% will be applied for every day the essay is late (not counting weekends). Late essays can be handed in to the General Enquiries office of the English department (7 King's College Circle) or under the door to my office. If you leave your essay under my door, send me an email to tell me you have submitted the essay and make sure you have a copy of it in case your essay gets lost. Lateness penalties will be adjusted according to notes from doctors (for medical afflictions) or registrar offices (for domestic afflictions). No other extensions will be granted. All term work must be submitted at the latest on the last day of classes: April 9th.
|Sept 16/18||North and South (vol 1: 1-25)|
|Sept 23/25||North and South (vol 2: 1-27)||Quiz Sept 23|
|Sept 30/2||Middlemarch (1-33)||Quiz Sept 30|
|Oct 7/9||Middlemarch (34-62)|
|Oct 14/16||Middlemarch (63-Finale)|
|Oct 21/22||Marcella (books 1-2: 35-315)||Quiz Oct 21|
|Oct 28/30||Marcella (books 3-4: 317-543)|
|Nov 4/6||Vanity Fair (1-22)||Quiz Nov 4|
|Nov 11/13||Vanity Fair (23-46)|
|Nov 18/20||Vanity Fair (47-67)||Quiz Nov 18|
|Nov 25/27||Barchester Towers (vol 1: 1-27)||Quiz Nov 25|
|Dec 2/4||Barchester Towers (vol 2: 28-53)||Test Dec 4|
|Jan 6/8||Jane Eyre (1-19)|
|Jan 13/15||Jane Eyre (20-38)||Quiz Jan 13|
|Jan 20/22||Wuthering Heights (vol 1: 1-14)|
|Jan 27/29||Wuthering Heights (vol 2: 1-20)||Quiz Jan 27|
|Feb 3/5||Bleak House (1-19)||Quiz Feb 3|
|Feb 10/12||Bleak House (20-42)|
|Feb 17/19||Reading week|
|Feb 24/26||Bleak House (43-67)||Quiz Feb 24|
|Mar 2/4||The Woman in White (epochs 1-2)||Quiz Mar 2|
|Mar 9/11||The Woman in White (epoch 3)|
|Mar 16/18||Portrait of a Lady (all: optional)|
|Mar 23/25||Tess of the D'Urbervilles (1-34)||Quiz Mar 23|
|Mar 30/1||Tess of the D'Urbervilles (35-59)|
|Apr 6/8||Test April 6|
Our reading divides roughly into the following modules:
Women and the social problem novel: North and South, Middlemarch, Marcella
Social satire: Vanity Fair, Barchester Towers
Religious criticism and the Gothic: Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights
Social criticism (empire and family): Bleak House, The Woman in White
The new woman: Portrait of a Lady, Tess of the D'Urbervilles