introductory seminar course: The Victorian Social Novel - Details
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Semester SS 2022
Current number of participants 26
maximum number of participants 25
Entries on waiting list 5
Home institute Englische Literaturwissenschaft
Courses type introductory seminar course in category Teaching
Next date Thu , 30.06.2022 11:45 - 13:15, Room: (Reading week)
Pre-requisites *EAS-1411*:
If you are assigned to this seminar, participation in the corresponding Übung "Narrative Analysis: Victorian Fiction" (Thursday, 10:00-11:30) is mandatory. Be sure to keep this slot free in your timetable.
Performance record Thesis paragraphs, research essay
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Hauptunterrichtssprache englisch
Literaturhinweise Please obtain your own copies of the following novels, preferably in the editions below. The Oxford editions are both affordable and well edited and come with a useful introduction:
• Disraeli, Benjamin. Sybil, or The Two Nations. Oxford UP, 2017.
• Gaskell, Elizabeth. North and South. Oxford UP, 2008.
• Dickens, Charles. Hard Times. Oxford UP, 2008.

Any additional material will be made available via Digicampus.
ECTS points 6

Course location / Course dates

(D 1003) Thursday: 11:45 - 13:15, weekly (9x)
(Reading week) Thursday: 11:45 - 13:15, weekly (2x)

Module assignments


Some of today’s challenges such as social inequality, environmental concerns, and the effects of industrialisation and globalisation can be traced back to the early decades of the 19th century. Emerging in the 1830s, the so-called “social novel” (or: social-problem novel, industrial novel, condition-of-England novel) responded to the evolving class society, political reforms, and collective action (see Chartist movement) and addressed prevailing social issues at the time. In this seminar we will examine literary representations of social class and its intersections with questions of gender and race and explore a range of Victorian novels by major authors such as Charles Dickens and Elizabeth Gaskell. We will situate our discussion of the social novel within the broader historical and aesthetic developments of 19th-century realism to gain a profound understanding of the Victorian era.

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