English 156 (02): Victorians and Moderns

Professor Landow (office: 338 Carr House; e-mail: george@landow.com); office hours: 1-2:20, TTh. Class meets K Hour 2:30-3:50pm, Tuesday and Thursday. Course websites: The Victorian and The Postcolonial Literature and Culture Webs.


Weekly discussion questions. The weekly reading and discussion question has three parts: (a) a substantial passage of 1-3 paragraphs (please don't forget page numbers -- and to give your question set a title); (b) a graceful and effective introduction to the passage that suggests why the reader wants to read it; and (c) 4-5 questions, chiefly concerning matters of technique, for which you do not have to have answers. These exercises, which provide the basis of class discussion, should be e-mailed to me no later than 6 pm Monday before we begin discussing the reading; books that occupy two weeks require two questions, one for each week. (You can skip a single set of questions during the semester.) Follow for an example of such reading questions for another course.

Weeks 1 & 2. Thursday, 29 January, through Thursday, 5 February, Fictional Autobiography and the Bildungsroman -- Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre (1847). Reading and discussion questions.

Week 3. Tuesday, 10 February, and Thursday, 12 February. Jean Rhys, Wide Sargasso Sea. Reading and discussion questions.

Weeks 4 & 5. Tuesday, 17 February, through Thursday, 26 February. Reading and discussion questions. Charles Dickens, Great Expectations. Reading and discussion questions.

Week 6. Tuesday, 2 March, and Thursday, 4 March. Peter Carey, Jack Maggs -- Reading and discussion questions.

Weeks 7. Tuesday, 9 March, through Thursday, 11 March. Graham Swift, Waterland. Reading and discussion questions.

Weeks 8 & 9. Tuesday, 16 March, through Thursday, 25 March. Elizabeth Barrett Browning and the Novel-Poem. Aurora Leigh (1856) -- Reading and discussion questions.

Spring Recess. 27 March through 4 April.

Week 10. Tuesday, 6 April, and Thursday, 8 April. A. S. Byatt, Possession. -- Reading and discussion questions.

Week 11. Tuesday, 13 April, and Thursday, 15 April. Thomas Carlyle, On Heroes and Hero-Worship. -- Reading and discussion questions.

Week 12. Tuesday, 20 April, and Thursday, 22 April. Tom Wolfe, The Right Stuff. Reading and discussion questions.

Week 13 & 14. Tuesday, 27 April, through Thursday, May. Alfred Lord Tennyson, In Memoriam. T. S. Eliot, The Wasteland. -- Reading and discussion questions.

Reading Period: 30 April-11 May

Related Resources

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Last modified 28 January 2004