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:
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
Note: Some Optional Readings on Pre-Raphaelite Show:
- “At the National Gallery, A Look at the Pre-Raphaelites’ Forward Move Backward” (Washington Post): Click here.
- “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)