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.

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

“Empire and National Identity”* Empire and National Identity

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).


“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


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.  The Modern World System.

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


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 chapters 1 & 3; the rest you can skim, though I recommend reading the whole thing!  Note: I have dropped the reading from The Subjection of Women, though I will be presenting this material in class.  

Robert Browning and Emily Bronte poems: 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

Pre-Raphaelite Images and PPT: RossettiandPRBPaintings2013; with baa-lambs: RossettiandPRBPaintings2013

Note: Some Optional Readings on Pre-Raphaelite Show:

  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




Stuff for later: Anthony Trollope, “The Telegraph Girl” (1877)

Ella Cheever Thayer, Wired Love (1879)