Topics in Literature: Neo-Victorian Novel

Course Number: ENGL 165NV
Prerequisites: Check on GOLD
Advisory Enrollment Information: May be repeated for credit providing letter designations are different.
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Catalog Course Entry: ENGL 165AA-ZZ
Quarter: Spring 2011
Instructor: Donnelly, Brian
Day(s): TR
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM
Location: GIRV 2127

May be repeated for credit to a maximum of 28 units provided letter designations are different.
The late twentieth century saw the rise of what has come to be called, for simplicity's sake, Neo-Victorianism, loosely defining art that responds to or imitates the dominant tropes and trends of Victorian cultural production. This course will examine the phenomenon of post-Victorian literature in novels such as Jean Rhys's unique and groundbreaking revision of Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre, Wide Sargasso Sea from 1966, or Will Self's postmodern take on Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray, Dorian: An Imitation (2002). We will study modern revisions of novels such as Charles Dickens's Great Expectations in Peter Carey's Jack Maggs (1997), and Lloyd Jones's Mister Pip (2007), in addition to David Lean's 1946 film of that novel, and Alfonso Cuarón's 1995 version of the same. Reading will also include short stories from VanderMeer's Steampunk anthology, and Alan Moore's graphic novel The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Students are encouraged to read Charles Dickens' 1861 novel Great Expectations before the class begins.

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