Spring 2011

HUMS 650
Literature of London

Weiner,Stephanie Kuduk

01/24/2011 - 04/29/2011
Thursday 06:00 PM - 08:30 PM

Public Affairs Center 421

We will examine the role of London in the literary imagination of 19th-century Britain. A vibrant multi-class and multi-ethnic jigsaw puzzle, London was a "world city" at the center of the empire, the seat of crown and Parliament, and a place of both danger and opportunity. In addition to being the economic and political center of Great Britain, some authors viewed London as the nation's narrative center as well. Others saw the ugliness of the city, its poverty and noisy, crowded streets, as inimical to literature. This tension between visions of London as the core of British culture and as its anathema suggests one of the ways in which literature about London explicitly meditated upon the relationship between art and society. This course examines these relationships between literature and life, the many faces of realism, in literature about London over the course of the nineteenth century.

Our core texts are three collections of short fiction by Dickens, Thackeray, and Conan Doyle and four novels, Our Mutual Friend, Phineas Finn, Daniel Deronda, and The Secret Agent. In order to enrich our understanding of these works, we will also examine views of London in nineteenth-century poetry, painting, map-making, illustration, and essays for the periodical press.

Required course work includes four short essays (3-4 p. each) and a final paper (6-7 p.)

This course is open to auditors.

The deadline to withdraw and receive a tuition refund for this course is Friday, January 28 at 5:00 pm. Please visit our website for a complete list of registration and withdrawal dates for this session.

A syllabus for this course is available at:
HUMS 650

Stephanie Weiner (B.A., University of Minnesota; Ph.D., Stanford University) is associate professor of English. In 2010 she was awarded the Binswanger Prize for Excellence in teaching. She teaches courses in nineteenth-century British literature and culture, romantic and Victorian poetry, aesthetics and art history, and poetry and poetics. She is the author of Republican Politics and English Poetry, 1789-1874 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2005), and Clare's Lyric: John Clare and Three Modern Poets (Oxford University Press, forthcoming). Click here for more information about Stephanie Weiner.


Consent of Instructor Required: No

Format: Seminar

Level: GLSP Credits: 3 Enrollment Limit: 14

Texts to purchase for this course:
Dickens, SKETCHES BY BOZ, (Penguin)

Arthur Conan Doyle, ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES, (Oxford World's Classics)

Conrad, SECRET AGENT, (Penguin)

Eliot, DANIEL DERONDA, (Oxford World's Classics)

Trollope, PHINEAS FINN, (Oxford World's Classics)

Dickens, OUR MUTUAL FRIEND, (Penguin)

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