Victorian Literature. Fantasy and Realism. This introduction to Victorian fiction, nonfiction, and poetry will concentrate on the intertwined elements of fantasy and realism in English literature of early and mid-Victorian period (1835-1860). The course will read works by Matthew Arnold, Charlotte Bronte, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Christina Rossetti, Thomas Carlyle, Lewis Carroll, Charles Dickens, Elizabeth Gaskell, George MacDonald, John Ruskin, Alfred Tennyson, and Anthony Trollope.

The course will use various hypertext materials--documents composed of electronically linked texts and images -- both (1) to provide a collaborative work environment, (2) to contextualize the works read, and (3) to replace reserve reading. The course will have occasional lab sessions in the CIT, particularly near the beginning of the semester, to familiarize the students with using these materials. No previous experience with a computer is necessary, though those who have used a computer mouse will probably find using the hypertext materials particularly easy. Written exercises consist of several essays during the term and a term paper in which students create their own synthesis of the course.

Syllabus for 1995 version of the course.

Follow for the WWW version of the Victorian Web, which contains electronic materials created by earlier classes.

Second assignment and samples of student essays

List of materials contributed by this year's class to the Victorian Web.

G hour Mr. Landow

Last modified 1996