English 290. Seminar for prospective majors: George Eliot and her Times

Direct comments and questions to Professor Suzanne Keen.

A study of great works by the Victorian novelist George Eliot, with an exploration of the issues and culture of High and Late Victorianism. Middlemarch will be read in installments, in a foreshortened simulacrum of the original Victorian reading experience of Eliotís great masterpiece. A reading of novels including Adam Bede, Daniel Deronda, Middlemarch, The Mill on the Floss, and Silas Marner, as well as Jane Austenís Pride and Prejudice and Henry Jamesí Portrait of a Lady, makes up the primary work in the course. The unconventional life of Marian Evans; The Westminster Review; forms of publication; gender, education, and propriety; Evangelicalism; realism; the Victorian sage; and revisions of the marriage plot will be considered in tandem with the novels. A sequence of writing assignments will culminate in a 4500-5000 word seminar paper.

20% participation in discussion (includes reading quizzes)
 5% close reading
 5% tracing a motif
 5% cumulative grade on handout, bibliographies, prospectus, and outline
 5% draft of essay
60% seminar paper

Required texts:

MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 4th ed., Joseph Gibaldi
Adam Bede, George Eliot
Daniel Deronda, George Eliot
Middlemarch, George Eliot
The Mill on the Floss,  George Eliot
Silas Marner,  George Eliot
Portrait of a Lady, Henry James
Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen

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