19th Century English Novel
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Division: Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts
Department: Literary Studies
Course Number: LLSL 2333
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
- Cultural Studies
This course surveys the novel in Britain at the nineteenth-century height of its formal development and confidence. The vast majority of our books are (to use the title of the periodical edited by Charles Dickens) ‘household words’, with well-known characters and plots that have been treasured for generations and have become cultural common currency even with people who have not read them. As my friend, who many years ago worked in a bookstore once commented, “these are the classics that people will come into the store and buy right off the shelf”. With these authors, the novel combines ingenious plotting and a sense of emotional life, comedy and passion, droll idiosyncrasies with convictions of the heart. Fully in command of its own imaginative procedures, the nineteenth century novel became a form in which a society in the midst of rapid and turbulent change chronicled its own transformation and that of the idea of the self without which society is not meaningful.
Open to Undergraduate students.