Nineteenth-Century Novel [EN5817]

November 25, 2010 at 9:35 am (Nineteenth-century novel)

The specifics for next term’s course EN5817, ‘The Nineteenth-Century Novel: Contexts, Theories, Readers’, will be up on Moodle soon. If you’re taking the course and are keen to do some advance reading, then the novels we’ll be looking at are:

1.David Copperfield (1849-50) I: Autobiographical Fictions
2.David Copperfield II: Fairy Tales
3.Little Dorrit (1855-7) I: Prisons
4.Little Dorrit II: Circumlocution
5. Edwin Drood (1870)
7. George Eliot, Adam Bede (1859); theories of realism.
8. Elizabeth Gaskell, Mary Barton (1848); historicism and the industrial novel.
9. George Eliot Middlemarch (1872) and Realism
10. George Eliot, Middlemarch (1872) and Darwinism
11. George Eliot, Daniel Deronda (1876); memory; nation; cosmopolitanism

The Moodle site is here. [AR]

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Julian Barnes on Madame Bovary

November 17, 2010 at 10:24 am (General Victoriana)


I recommend Julian Barnes‘ recent LRB essay on Flaubert’s 1857 masterpiece, Madame Bovary.  You can read the whole thing for free on the LRB website: fascinating discussion of the difficulties and possibilities of translation, but also some interesting stuff on the novel and its mid-19th-century context. [AR]

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RHUL 19thC Reading Group

November 15, 2010 at 3:17 pm (Uncategorized)

Dear All,

The Reading Group meets this Thursday:
Thursday 18thNovember                   2pm-3pm          IN244

Text for discussion: ‘Introduction’ to Andrew Miller’s The Burdens of Perfection: On Ethics and Reading in Nineteenth-Century British Literature. Ithaca: Cornell UP, 2008.

The text is attached to this post (the second .pdf is p.6 of the Introduction which is missing from the first scan.)

I look forward to discussing ethics with you!




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Lecture: Kate Flint on Early Photography

November 12, 2010 at 12:03 pm (General Victoriana)

Goldsmiths’ Department of English & Comparative Literature presents:

Kate Flint – “`Bottled lightning’: Flash Photography and the Language of Modernity” – as part of the Richard Hoggart Lecture Series.

Time: 6.30 p.m.

Date: Wednesday 17th November

Venue: Ian Gulland Lecture Theatre


To reserve a place e-mail

Professor Kate Flint taught at the Universities of Bristol and Oxford before moving to Rutgers University in New Jersey, where she is currently Chair of the English Department. Her lecture, ‘”Bottled lightning”: Flash Photography and the Language of Modernity’ is based on her work for a new book provisionally entitled “Flash! Photography, Writing, and Surprising Illumination.” Flint’s interdisciplinary and transatlantic research spans the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Previous books include The Victorians and The Visual Imagination (Cambridge University Press, 2000) and The Woman Reader, 1837-1914 (Oxford University Press, 1993). Her areas of specialization include Victorian and early twentieth-century cultural and literary history, visual culture, women’s writing, gender studies, and transatlantic studies. Her most recent book is The Transatlantic Indian 1776-1930 (Princeton University Press, 2008), which looks at the two-way relations between Native Americans and the British in the long 19th century, exploring questions of modernity, nationhood, performance, popular culture, and the impacts of travel.

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Royal Holloway 19thC Reading Group: Meeting Thursday 18th November

November 12, 2010 at 12:00 pm (General Victoriana)

This is to announce the next (and first for this academic year!) meeting of the .

Thursday 18th November 2pm-3pm IN244

Text for discussion: ‘Introduction’ to Andrew Miller’s The Burdens of Perfection: On Ethics and Reading in Nineteenth-Century British Literature. Ithaca: Cornell UP, 2008. (I will post a .pdf of the reading to the Reading Group webpage.)

As always, all postgraduates (taught and research) and staff are welcome to attend.

For those of you who are new to the Department, the group meets twice a term to discuss nominated texts which contribute in interesting ways to current critical debates in the field of nineteenth-century studies. Postgraduates and staff who are not nineteenth-century specialists, but who have some interest in the broader themes/debates involved in the set text or in nineteenth-century topics generally, are very welcome to join us.

Best wishes,


Dr Vicky Greenaway

Lecturer in Nineteenth-Century Literature
Royal Holloway, University of London
Egham, Surrey, TW20 0EX
Tel: 01784 276423

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