19th Century British Fiction

L348 — Fall 2019

Monique Morgan
Days and Times
9:30a - 10:45a MW (3 CR)
Course Description

Topic: Divided Narratives and Decentered Protagonists

The 19th-century realist novel often traces the development of the protagonist as he or she finds an appropriate place in society, usually by finding the right vocation or the right spouse. We will study five novels that disrupt that pattern by decentering the protago­nist and dividing the narra­tive’s attention or perspective. Texts will be Austen’s Sense and Sensibility, Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights, Dickens’s Bleak House, Hardy’s Jude the Obscure, and Wells’s The War of the Worlds. We will also read selections of narrative theory and theories of the novel to help us think more precisely about realism, point of view, characterization, plot, and genre (including the bildungsroman, Gothic fiction, and science fiction). Evaluation will be based on quizzes, close reading exer­cises, and two essays.


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