Great Victorian Novels
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Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: School of Undergraduate Studies
Course Number: NLIT 3229
Course Format: Lecture
Permission Required: No
England’s Victorian Age (1832-1901) was an era of industry and self-reflection that changed society and fostered productivity and literary creativity. The emergence of a receptive audience with time to read made the novel widely popular. We examine great novels by great writers as works of creative fiction, as a reflection of their times, and as universally acknowledged masterpieces. We observe how the concerns of the age (the past, religion, the class system, the place of women, industrialization, and colonialization) were explored in the novel. In addition, we look at the history, critical reception, and popular adaptations of these novels. Readings include Wuthering Heights (1847), Great Expectations (1861), Treasure Island (1882), and Jude the Obscure (1895).