Victoria Still Rules
Fall 2005 and Winter 2006
Monday/Wednesday 6:00-9:30
Susan Preciso (email)
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Karen Hogan (email) 
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Reading List and Essay Assignment

  • Harvie, Christopher. Nineteenth Century Britain: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford University Press 0-190285398-8
  • Walkowitz, Judith. City of Dreadful Delight: Narratives of Sexual Danger in Late-Victorian London. U of Chicago Press 0-226-87146-0
  • Dickens, Charles. Bleak House. Penguin Classics 0141439726
  • Garfield, Simon. Mauve: How One Man Invented a Color that Changed the World. Norton: 0393323137
  • Drayton, Richard. Nature's Government: Science, Imperial Britain, and the 'Improvement' of the World.Yale University Press 0300059760
  • Trilling and Bloom. Victorian Prose and Poetry. Oxford UP 0-19-501616-5

    Interest Groups

  • Arts and Literature: Barnes, Rachel. The Pre-Raphaelites and Their World. Tate Publishing. 1854372203
  • Empire: James, Lawrence. The Rise and Fall of the British Empire
  • Everyday Life: Flanders, Judith: Inside the Victorian Home: A Portrait of Domestic Life in Victorian England. Norton: 0393327639
  • Science: Wallace, Alfred Russel. The Malay Archipelago. Periplus Editions: 9625936459

Additional reading for 12 Credit option

  • Black, Barbara. On Exhibit: Victorians and Their Museums. University of Virginia Press. 0-8139-1897-9.

Essay Assignment on the Readings

For each seminar you will write an essay that explains your thoughts and interpretations of the assigned readings, such as: what was the author trying to accomplish? From what perspective were they writing? What symbols or metaphors are represented by particular characters or plot elements? How does this material relate to other assigned readings? Develop your own ideas in preparation for seminar and to share them with faculty and students. We have all read the book, so don’t summarize or describe the content more than is necessary to illustrate your ideas. Your paper should be 1-2 pages, grammatically correct, well organized, typed in 12-point font with one-inch margins, and stapled.



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