19th Century Masterpieces: Three Great Social Novels
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Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: School of Undergraduate Studies
Course Number: NLIT 3425
Course Format: Lecture
Permission Required: No
- Gender and Sexuality Studies
We will study three English novels whose inspired stories of memorable individuals in the context of their social circumstances still speak to contemporary society today: the fate of a child's heart in the wake of the industrial revolution; a romance in which pride and prejudice meet the dark satanic mills of Manchester, England; an insightful interrogation of marriage and "the new woman" as the century enters the modern age. Bringing imaginative color and emotional resonance to such timeless subjects as education, work, religion, social class, money, gender roles, love, marriage, morals and manners, these novels also address a variety of revolutions--political, economic, cultural. Readings: Charles Dickens, Hard Times; Elizabeth Gaskell, North and South; George Gissing, The Odd Women.