ENG457 201901 Undergraduate

Term: 
Fall 2019
Course: 
ENG 457
Applies To: 
Undergraduate
Sections: 
Title: 
Victorian Literature
Instructors: 

Heidi Kaufman

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  • Title: Associate Professor
  • Additional Title: Director, DH Minor
  • Phone: 541-346-3932
  • Office: 327 PLC
  • Office Hours: Fall Term: Tuesday 11-12, Thursday 3-5, and by appointment
Department Section Description: 

This course will delve deeply into George Eliot’s last multi-plot novel, Daniel Deronda (1876). On the occasion of the 200th anniversary of her birth, the course will foreground one of the most distinguishing features of Eliot’s life and work: her interest in rebellion. Published serially and set in 1865 during the final years of the U.S. Civil War and the horrific Morant Bay Rebellion in Jamaica, Daniel Deronda explores what it means for individuals to act out or revolt against oppressive social forces. This novel offers one of the best examples of Victorian realism, as it points directly and uncomfortably to global forms of racism and anti-Semitism. Our study will engage in a contrapuntal reading—that is, a reading in which we study the relations between the English setting and the global contexts from which Eliot draws critical force. Class discussions will consider difficult subject matter as we focus on Victorian realism and its aesthetics of racial, gender, and sexual violence in colonial and metropolitan spaces.

Fulfills: 

C-Literature 1789-Present

Literature, 1789 to the present courses focus on literary work produced over more than two centuries -- from the period of British romanticism and the early republic of the United States up to now -- in order to foster familiarity with key works in British and American literary history.  Literary history illustrates how literary works reflect, address, and resist the social and political environments in which they are produced as well as other works that have preceded them.

F-Gender/Ability/Queer Studies/Sexuality

Gender, Ability, Queer Studies, and/or Sexuality courses focus on the ways that issues of sexuality, gender, queerness, and disability are represented, critiqued, and developed in media and literature.

English Minor

English Minor courses offer students centuries of cultural experience and representation in poetry, prose, drama, film, TV, new media, and folk artifacts.  The English minor can focus and extend the values of a liberal arts education, while also providing extensive training in writing, speaking, and critical thinking.
 

Old Major: C-Literature 1789-Present

Literature, 1789 to the present courses focus on literary work produced over more than two centuries -- from the period of British romanticism and the early republic of the United States up to now -- in order to foster familiarity with key works in British and American literary history.  Literary history illustrates how literary works reflect, address, and resist the social and political environments in which they are produced as well as other works that have preceded them.