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English 4592

Victorian Women: Desperate Housewives and Defiant Spinsters (Special Topics in Women in Literature and Culture

Barbara McGovern

Credit hours: 3
GEC categories:
Prerequisites: *Additional textbook: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, New American Library, #9-451-51884-5

Text Books:

Title Author(s) Publisher ISBN
A Room of One's Own Virginia Woolf Harcourt Brace 0-15-678732-6
Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen Bantam Doubleday Dell ll 0-55321310-5
Frankenstein Mary Shelley Bantam Doubleday Dell 0-553-21247-8
*Wuthering Heights Emily Bronte New American Library 0-451-52338-5

Example Syllabus:

Course Objectives: The aim of this course is to develop in students an understanding and enjoyment of several novels by 19th-century British women authors. In particular we will explore such issues as the status of women in England's Romantic and Victorian Periods, the relationship between society and literature in these texts, and the nature of a female tradition.

Course Content: The course will deal with madness and mayhem, sin, sex, insanity, murder, revenge, and desire in 19th-century British women's novels!

Method of Presentation: The course will consist of lectures and class discussion, as well as several film adaptations of the novels we read.

Method of Evaluation: The grade for the course will be based upon three papers (including the final exam/paper) and class participation.


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