Electronic Readings & PDF Library

Below are the electronic texts for the course.  Unless otherwise indicated, these must be printed and brought to class in hard copy.

Tennyson’s “Charge” drafts: http://www.lincstothepast.com/exhibitions/tennyson/charge-of-the-light-brigade/

Tennyson reads “Charge” in 1890, into wax cylinder: http://www.wwnorton.com/college/english/nael/noa/audio_victorian.htm

Background and Tennyson (first day PPT): BackgroundAndTennyson2015

“The Victorian Age: 1830-1901”* NortonAnthologyIntroduction, plus Tennyson

“Empire”: EmpireBlackwellEncyclopediaREVISED2

What Made the Victorians So Proud?”* WhatMadeTheVictoriansSoProud

“Queen Victoria’s Little Wars”* QueenVictoria’sLittleWars

Prince Albert, “Speech at the Mansion House, 1850” & Anonymous, “Punch’s Own Report of the Opening of the Great Exhibition”* PrinceAlbertandPunchCrystalPalace

Alfred, Lord Tennyson, “Ulysses” (Contained in “Victorian Age” PDF, linked above).

Crystal Palace PPT: CrystalPalacePresentation1


“Industrialism: Progress or Decline,” please read lead essay & select short pieces including Friedrich Engels, from “The Great Towns” and Henry Mayhew, from London Labour and the London Poor* (all are included in this PDF): Industrialism

Elizabeth Barrett Browning, “The Cry of the Children”*: Barret Browning

Industrialism PPT: ManchesterSlums

Children’s Employment Commission Report on Child Labour (1842): http://www.bl.uk/collection-items/report-on-child-labour-1842

London Labour and the London Poor (1851)https://archive.org/stream/londonlabourand01mayhgoog#page/n14/mode/2up

Browning, “The Cry of the Children” Original Blackwood’s publication: http://www.bl.uk/collection-items/elizabeth-barrett-brownings-the-cry-of-the-children-as-first-published-in-blackwoods-edinburgh-magazine


Karl Marx, “The Fetish of the Commodity and Its Secret” (Note we will concentrate only on the “Commodity” essay; the chapter on Exchange is optional, but amazing.  MarxCommodityFetishandExchange

Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, “The Communist Manifesto.” MarxEngelsCommunistManifesto


Fredric Jameson, from Postmodernism; the Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism*: Jameson – Postmodernism

Immanuel Wallerstein, from The Modern World System.  http://thebasebk.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/The-Modern-World-System.pdf.

Edward Said, “Narrative and Social Space,” from Culture and Imperialism*: Said, Narrative and Social Space

Systems theory PPT: World Systems Theory 2015

The Moonstone Day 1 PPT: TheMoonstoneDay1.2015

The Moonstone Day 3 PPT: Moonstone Day 3 2015

The Moonstone (1934): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jpDPFI8qwp8

Close Reading PPT: CloseReadingOverview


Indian Mutiny Images* / Photography by Felice Beato: Beato Images

Indian Mutiny Ballads*: Please pick any two of these to read closely for Tuesday’s class:

MutinyBallad1MutinyBallad2MutinyBallad3,  MutinyBallad4MutinyBallad5MutinyBallad6


John Stuart Mill, from “On Liberty”*: JSMillOnLiberty.  In “On Liberty,” please read carefully ONLY chapters 1 & 3; the rest you can skim, though I recommend reading the whole thing!

John Stuart Mill, from The Subjection of Women*. Note this is a very short, 2 pp section of a longer essay: MillSubjectionofWomen

Mill / Marx Deathmatch PPT: MarxMillPPT2015

Self Help Culture: SelfHelpCulture

Robert Browning and Emily Bronte poems*: Please read all of the Bronte and Browning that’s here, but, in the Browning, concentrate on “Porphyria’s Lover” and “My Last Duchess” in particular: Browning and Bronte


Dante Gabriel Rossetti, “The Blessed Damozel,” “Soul’s Beauty,” and “Body’s Beauty,” and Christina Rossetti, “In an Artist’s Studio” and “After Death.” (All in one PDF): Rosetti

“The Pre-Raphaelites: Victorian Avant Garde” (Exhibition Catalog): Pre-Raphaelites

PRB Art: RossettiandPRBPaintings2013

Optional Pre-Raphaelite Readings:

  1. “At the National Gallery, A Look at the Pre-Raphaelites’ Forward Move Backward”  (Washington Post): Click here.
  2. “The Dreamers,” by Julian Bell, New York Review of Books.  Click here.


C.H. Hazelwood, “Lady Audley’s Secret” (stage adaptation of the novel by Elizabeth Braddon): LadyAudley’sSecret

Matthew Arnold, from Culture and Anarchy*: Please read all of this only AFTER you have paid close attention to Lady Audley’s Secret:  Culture and Anarchy


Short Guide to Writing About ArtWritingAboutArtPDF

Resources & vocabularies for talking about book-objects, from Ethan Henderson, GU Special Collections:





Sympathy / FID Sympathy.FID

Middlemarch as Network: MiddlemarchPPTnetwork

Laura Otis, “The Webs of Middlemarch”* Otis Webs of Middlemarch


G.H. Lewes, from Physiology of Common Life*

Herbert Spencer, from Social Statics* 

Gordon Haight, from George Eliot: A Life*

Selections from The Westminster Review

Telegraphic fiction TBD*

Optional Telegraph Fictions:

1. Anthony Trollope, “The Telegraph Girl” (1877)

2. Ella Cheever Thayer, Wired Love (1879)

Sigmund Freud, fromA General Introduction to Psychoanalysis.  1920.http://www.bartleby.com/283/10.html

She (1965), see esp. 8:00: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mqD7pkVyoOw

She (1935) esp 1:15 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0hKj1Vk9OwA