ENG 2123 Syllabus

ENG 2123 Syllabus - 1 English 2123 Studies in Literary...

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1 English 2123: Studies in Literary Traditions and Themes: Monsters of London Daniel A. Novak, Associate Professor of English Required Materials and Resources: 1. Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist (Penguin Books, 9780141439747) 2. Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray (Penguin Books, 2003) ISBN 9780141439570 3. Bram Stoker, Dracula (Norton Critical Edition, 1997) ISBN: 0-393-97012-4 4. Robert Louis Stevenson, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Broadview, ISBN: 9781551116556) 5. H. G. Wells, The Island of Dr. Moreau (Dover thrift edition) ISBN: 9780486290270 6. H. G. Wells, War of the Worlds (Dover thrift edition) ISBN 13: 9780486295060 7. Further Readings and Supplemental Materials provided in course pack that must be purchased from the Instructor prior to the beginning of the course. These include works by Henry Mayhew, Judith Walkowitz, Max Nordau, and others. Course Description and Objectives: This course is a part of the General Education curriculum because it introduces students to a variety of major authors and literary genres. The course focuses on 19 th and 20 th century British literature that use London to explore anxieties and fantasies about criminality, race, gender, and nation. In these texts, threats to British ‘purity’ and identity come in the form of the invading foreigner (for example, Dracula). But also as an internal threat from degenerate elements of British society (the criminal classes of what William Booth calls “Darkest London”), sexual dissidents, and even from the psychological impulses of the unconscious (Jekyll and Hyde). London served not just as a background for these writers to set their stories or as inspiration, but as a kind of character in these novels. We will be walking in the footsteps of fictional characters like Dickens’s villain Fagin, Stoker’s Count Dracula, Stephenson’s Jekyll and Hyde, and Wilde’s Dorian Gray. As the Capital of the British Empire, it serves as the hub for thinking about British identity and its involvement in not just
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This note was uploaded on 08/29/2011 for the course ENGLISH 467 taught by Professor Cordeba during the Spring '10 term at Cornell.

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