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ERIC Number: ED179474
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Pages: 119
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Novel Exposures: A Victorian Studies Course Featuring Contemporary Novels.
Cregier, Don M.
A one-semester undergraduate course which introduces British Victorian culture and society through the examination of ten novels is outlined. The guide is presented in six parts. Part I describes objectives, methods, and evaluation. The course uses the novel as the principal medium for interpreting the institutions, movements, ideas, and personalities of the period. Students meet once a week for lecture/group discussions and once every two weeks for individual interviews with the instructor. The interviews function as oral examinations and tutorials. In addition to responding to study questions, students keep a log in which they write random ideas and observations of their readings. The final grade of the three-credit course consists of group discussions, tutorials, midterm and final examinations, and the log. Part II describes course materials. Novels include "Tom Brown's School Days" (Hughes), "Oliver Twist" and "Hard Times" (Dickens), "Mary Barton" (Gaskell), "The Way of All Flesh" (Butler), "Jude the Obscure" (Hardy), "The Prime Minister" (Trollope), "The Secret Agent" (Conrad), "New Grub Street" (Gissing), "A Man of Property" (Galsworthy), and "Ann Veronica" (Wells). A list of audiovisual aids is also included. Part III contains briefings for each novel which include a biographical note about the author, a commentary on the novel's publication history, author's intent, critical reaction, an outline and analysis of the book, recommended background readings, and study questions. Part IV provides abstracts of twelve lectures and Parts V and VI contain a selected bibliography and a list of twenty additional novels. (KC)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A