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English 662A: Studies in English Literary Periods: Dr. Lexey Bartlett

Victorian Literature Office: Rarick 365

First Four-Week Session: June 4-29, 2012 Office Hours:

2:00-4:15 p.m. by appointment

(785) 628-5817


Braddon, Mary Elizabeth. Lady Audley’s Secret. Penguin, 1998. ISBN 9780140435849.

Brontë, Anne. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. Oxford UP, 1998. ISBN 9780192834621.

Dickens, Charles. Oliver Twist. Oxford UP, 2008. ISBN 9780199536269.

Doyle, Arthur Conan. The Adventures and Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes. (We are only reading the Adventures, a collection of 12 stories.) Penguin, 2011. ISBN 9780140437713.

Eliot, George. “Janet’s Repentance.” Scenes of Clerical Life. Oxford UP, 2009. ISBN 9780199552603.

Eliot, George. Silas Marner. Oxford UP, 2009. ISBN 9780199536771.

Gaskell, Elizabeth. Mary Barton. Oxford UP, 2009. ISBN 9780199538355.

Haggard, H. Rider. She. Oxford UP, 2008. ISBN 9780199536429.

Kipling, Rudyard. Plain Tales from the Hills. Penguin, 2011. ISBN 9780141442396.

Le Fanu, Sheridan. “Carmilla.” In a Glass Darkly. Wordsworth, 2007. ISBN 9781840225525.

Mayhew, Henry. London Labour and the London Poor. Penguin, 1985. ISBN 9780140432411.

Stevenson, Robert Louis. “Markheim.” The Merry Men and Other Tales and Fables. Available full-text online at

Wilde, Oscar. “Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime.” Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime and Other Stories. Available full-text online at

Note on Books: I have listed specific editions for longer texts for those who want guidance or prefer to read on paper, but if you are looking for an excuse to buy an e-reader such as a Kindle or Nook, this class may give you one. Texts may also be read on your computer or tablet. (I prefer e-ink devices myself to reduce eyestrain, but your preference may be different.) All of these books and stories are in the public domain and available from Project Gutenberg (, with the exception of Mayhew’s book (which is available for purchase in the Kindle store as well as in inexpensive paperback). You may use ANY edition, paper or electronic, of the required texts for this class that you wish.
Course Description and Objectives: This course will focus on literature of the Victorian period, from 1837-1901. This period saw the rise of the novel as a more respected popular art form, and one that encouraged a focus on contemporary social issues through realistic writing as well as the fantastic stories of the Romantic and Gothic periods, which were transformed by changing social factors as well. Some of the social issues addressed through the medium of these works of literature include women’s roles in society, the rise of industrialization and workers’ rights, temperance, the angel/fallen woman dichotomy, social and economic class, and colonialism. We will also consider a variety of genres such as the sensation novel, the social problem novel, the detective story, and various fantastic genres such as the Lost World novel and tales of the supernatural, along with material on the cultural context of these works both from contemporary sources and from scholarly work. All assigned texts should be read prior to the beginning of the course and then reviewed before class discussion.
Requirements and Evaluation: Consistent and well-prepared class participation and attendance are expected of everyone. Each class member will complete two examinations (consisting of short and long essay questions) (each worth 20% of the final grade), a term paper (40%), and an individual or group presentation (20%). The individual presentation option involves a fifteen to twenty-minute oral explanation of a critical essay , with a one- to two-page handout for the class, while the group option will be explained the first day of class. Subjects will be chosen the first day of class. The rigorous term paper for graduate students should make an original argument, incorporate four to six critical sources, and should be fifteen to twenty pages in 12-point Times New Roman in current MLA format. Undergraduate essays are eight to ten pages, incorporating three sources, and are due June 29. Plans for term papers will be discussed during the session.

Please feel free to contact the professor for more information at any time. Because this is a fast-paced, discussion-oriented class, materials must be read in advance and class participation is critical. Missing more than two class periods may result in the loss of a letter grade for the final course grade.

Academic Integrity: Verified academic misconduct, including plagiarism, will result in failure of the course. All written work for credit must be the product of the student’s individual effort, since accepting the help of others is a form of cheating. Plagiarism includes students submitting work purported to be their own, but that in any way borrows ideas, organization, wording, or anything else from another source without properly acknowledging the source. Plagiarism also includes the practice of employing or allowing another person to alter or revise the work that a student submits as his or her own, whoever that person may be.
Disability Statement: Consult with the professor privately as soon as possible if you need accommodations for testing or course participation of any kind.
English 662A Course Schedule:

June 4: Introduction to major issues of the nineteenth century in Britain; Oliver Twist

June 5: Oliver Twist; Selections (to be announced) from London Labour and the London Poor

June 6: Mary Barton

June 7: Mary Barton

June 8: Research/Conference

June 11: Tenant of Wildfell Hall

June 12: Tenant of Wildfell Hall

June 13: “Janet’s Repentance”; Silas Marner

June 14: Silas Marner; Take home Exam One.

June 15: Research/Conference
June 18: Lady Audley’s Secret; Collect Exam One

June 19: Lady Audley’s Secret

June 20: “Markheim”; “Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime”; Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

June 21: “Carmilla” (1872); Texts on the Woman Question (supplied to class)

June 22: Research/Conference
June 25: She; New Woman Stories (supplied to class)

June 26: She; Plain Tales from the Hills; Take home Exam Two.

June 27: Plain Tales from the Hills

June 28: Course Wrap-Up; Collect Exam Two.

June 29: Research/Conference

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