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Victorian Literature: Assignments

M W 5:00-6:15, Room 216 EPB

Instructor: Florence Boos

Office: 319 EPB, office phone 335-0434 (answering machine)

Office hours: most days before class 4-5; most evenings after class until 7 p. m.; Fridays 3-4 p. m.

Textbooks at IMU:

Boyd and McWilliam, eds. The Victorian Studies Reader.

Collins and Rundle, eds., The Broadview Anthology of Victorian Poetry (concise edition).

Chapman, Cronin and Harrison, eds., The Blackwell Companion to Victorian Poetry, (loaned copy).

selections prepared in Zephys coursepack (c) or provided in handout (h)

Ruskin, John. Unto This Last.

Mill, John Stuart Mill, Essays on Sex Equality.

Marx, Eleanor, The Woman Question.

Pater, Walter. The Renaissance.

Gaskell, Elizabeth, Mary Barton.

Schreiner, Oliver, The Story of An African Farm.

Zangwill, Israel. Children of the Ghetto.

Oliphant, Margaret. "The Open Door" and "The Portrait."

Morris, William, News from Nowhere.

Course Requirements:

1. contributions to class discussion: please read the assignment come prepared to ask questions and comment on unusual features of the text.

2. From time to time, I will ask students to prepare information on an author or text or lead class discussion.

3. journal/reading responses: please prepare 7 reading responses, the equivalent of two double-spaced typed pages each, to be posted on Icon so that your fellow students may read them. Of the seven, one should comment on the Morris art galleries on my webpage (, one should discuss "The Ballad of Reading Gaol" in the context of our class discussion May 5th, and the remaining 5 should respond to our texts and outside readings.

4. In addition to posting these responses to the class web site, you will be asked to write a twelve-fifteen page critical/research paper, to be due May 16th. However you should choose a tentative topic by March 24th and give me a first rough draft sometime in April.

5. You will be asked to present a precis of the substance of your essay in class April 30th or May 5th.