Library of Readings

PDFs and links to all readings designated with an asterisk are here.  Please note that there are ADDITIONAL readings here too; if you’re looking for a specfic reading, use Control-F to find the document you need.  Readings are listed in the order in which we will encounter them during the term.

Lynche, Deidre, et al., eds.  “The Victorian Era,” from the Norton Anthology of British Literature.  INCLUDES: Alfred, Lord Tennyson, “Ulysses” and “The Charge of the Light Brigade”: NortonAnthologyIntroduction, plus Tennyson

Asa Briggs, “Victorianism,” from The Age of Improvement: Age of Improvement_Victorianism

Raymond Williams, “Ideology,” from Marxism and LiteratureMarxism and Literature_Ideology

Louis Althusser, “Ideology and Ideological State Apparatus: Notes Toward an Investigation,” from Lenin and Philosophy and Other EssaysLenin and Philosophy_Ideology and Ideological State Apparatuses

Terry Eagleton, “What is Ideology?”: Ideology

Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Maud: A Monodrama, from The Collected Poetry of Tennyson.  MaudAMonodrama

“Come Into The Garden, Maud,” Victorian parlor song, 1855 (this version recorded 1980):

Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Maud (Illustrated).  Available here:  MaudIllustratedVersion

Michel Foucault, “We ‘Other Victorians,'” “Incitement to Discourse,” and “Method,” from The History of Sexuality, Volume 1.  FoucaultHistoryofSexuality

Mrs. Beeton’s Book of Household Management and cookery and conduct books:

Mrs. Beeton’s Book of Household Management and other cookery and conduct books.(Please note, the following Google book excerpts are an exception to our “always print” rule: you do not need to print these; we will look at them on the monitor together.  But do read through them; you might pick one or two to concentrate on with a bit more focus.  You are also free / encouraged to find other examples of (what Foucault would term) domestic discourse.)

  1. Isabella Beeton, Mrs. Beeton’s Book of Household Management (1861): please read over Chapter 1, “The Mistress,” concentrating on the first paragraph and skimming the rest of this chapter’s 54 rules.
  2. Eliza Acton, Modern Cookery in All its Branches, Reduced to a System of Easy Practice for the Use of Private Families, (1845): please read “Preface,” note table of contents, and skim as you please.
  3. Sarah Stickney Ellis, The Women of England: Their Social Duties and Domestic Habits (1839): browse through as you please.  Note especially “Characteristics of the Women of England” and “Public Opinion – Pecuniary Resources – Integrity.”
  4. John Ruskin, “Of Queen’s Gardens,” in Sesame and Lilies (1864, 1888): note opening and skim as you please.

Mary Poovey: “The Ideological Work of Gender,” from Uneven DevelopmentsUneven Developments_pp 1-2

Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari: “What is a Minor Literature?”  from Kafka: Towards a Minor Literature, PDF available here.

Elizabeth Langland, “Elizabeth Gaskell’s Angels with a Twist,” from Nobody’s Angelsnobody’s angels

Nancy Armstrong, “Sexuality in the Age of Racism: Hungry Alice.”: ArmstrongHungryAlice

Gilles Deleuze, from The Logic of Sensethelogicofsense (1).

Lewis Carroll: Selected Photographs.  lewis carroll photos2

John Stuart Mill, from On LibertyJSMillOnLiberty

Charles Darwin, from On the Origin of SpeciesOrigin of Species (1).

Elizabeth Grosz, “Biological Difference” and “Conclusion,” from Nick of TimeThe Nick of Time (1)

Cannon Schmitt, “On the Publication of Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of the Species,” BRANCH, available here.

Mikhail Bakhtin, “Forms of Time and the Chronotope in the Novel,” from The Dialogic Imagination: TBD.

Nancy Armstrong, “Emily Bronte, In and Out of Her Time,” from Genre:  ArmstrongEmilyBronteInandOutofHerTime

Raymond Williams, “Dominant, Residual, Emergent,” from Marxism and LiteratureMarxism and Literature_Dominant_Residual_Emergent

Emily Bronte, selected poems.  Please print out and read, from this document, the preface (by Charlotte Bronte), and poems by Emily: “Song,” “Anticipation,” “To Imagination,” “Sympathy,” “Death,” and “Stanzas” (“No coward soul is mine”) — this is the final poem in the collection “the last words my sister ever wrote” — and the most important of the batch.   Poems are here:  (Again: please be sure to print!)

Elizabeth Gaskell, Chapters 1 & 2, from The Life of Charlotte Bronte.  At Project Gutenberg, here.  (Please be sure to print out.)

Various authors, Reviews of Swinburne’s Poems and Ballads, from Swinburne: The Critical HeritageSwinburneReviews

Sigmund Freud, from “The Economic Problem of Masochism”:FreudTheEconomicProblemofMasochism.

Gilles Deleuze, “Psychoanalysis and the Problem of Masochism” and “The Death Instinct,” from Coldness & CrueltyMasochism An Interpretation.

Yopie Prins, “Swinburne’s Sapphic Sublime,” from Victorian Sapphovictorian sappho.

Michael Field (Katherine Bradley and Edith Cooper) and Oscar Wilde, extracts.  Field and Wilde

The Yellow Book, excerpts.  Please review this short overview, and browse through at least two editions of The Yellow Book, available here:

Frederick Rolfe (Baron Corvo), Stories Toto Told Me.  Please print the PDF linked on the blog; it is a relatively short excerpt — a handful of stories– and includes a contextualizing preface, which is crucial!  The story “About Some Friends,” which is listed on the syllabus, got dropped from the PDF, but please do stick to the PDF version — that’s what we’ll be discussing.

Kristin Mahoney, “Camp Aesthetics and Inequality: Baron Corvo’s TotoStories”

For our spiritualism readings: please browse through all three of these texts, and then choose one to focus on more carefully.  For the text you choose, please read the introduction (if applicable) and 2-3 chaptersthat look interesting to you (you should be reading circa 50-75 pages total).  This is on the honor system.  We are looking to get a flavor of spiritualist discourse here, but anything you can do to help us lock in on specific interesting moments will be helpful.  Enjoy!

  1. Helena Blavatsky, Isis Unveiled, available here.
  2. Helena Blavatsky, The Voice of the Silence, available here.
  3. Sophia De Morgan, From Matter to Spirit: The Result of Ten Years’ Experience in Spirit Manifestations, available here.

Edward Said, “Orientalism” video: it seems hokey at first, but when Said steps into the frame, things light up:  (Undergrads, we’re covering with FitzGerald and Burton: please watch!)

Edward FitzGerald, “The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam”: Please read FitzGerald’s introduction, and the 1889 edition (you may browse through the first 1859 edition if you like to see what changed between them, but we’ll be focusing on the later version, which was “rediscovered” as a decadent masterpiece only late in the century).  All texts available here; please print out at least introduction and 1859.

Sir Richard Francis Burton, “The Kasidah of Haji-Abdul Al Yazdi”: Please print and read entire Google book of first 1880 edition (here).  Pay special attention to the framing and introductory material!

Alex Owen, “Occultism and the Ambiguities of the Modern”:AlexOwenThePlaceofEnchantment

Janet Oppenheim, “Theosophy and the Occult,” from The Other WorldThe Other World (1).

Barbara Herrnstein Smith, “Animal Relatives, Difficult Relations,” from differencesSmithAnimalRelativesDifficultRelations

H.G. Wells, “Zoological Retrogression,” from Gentleman’s QuarterlyWells.ZoologicalRetrogression

Michel Foucault, “Of Other Spaces: Utopia and Heterotopias,” available here.

Fredric Jameson, “Progress Versus Utopia; or, Can We Imagine the Future?” from Science Fiction StudiesJamesonProgressVersusUtopia

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