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Calendar: The Victorian Era in Literature

Assignment Descriptions

Week 1: 
Wednesday 9/3: Introduction: The Victorian Era. Books and Texts.
Friday 9/5: The Keepsake for 1829, ed. Paula Feldman, Front Matter (pp. i-v), “The Sisters of Albano” (pp. 80-99).

Week 2:
Monday 9/8:  Keepsake,“On Love” (pp. 47-9), “What is Love?” (237), “Stanzas” (238-9).
Wednesday 9/10: Alfred Tennyson, “A Question by Shelley,” (scroll to the bottom of the page), The Lady of Shalott. Epistolary fiction due.
Friday 9/12: Robert Browning, “My Last Duchess” “Porphyria’s Lover,” “An Epistle Concerning the Strange Medical Experience of Karshish, the Arab Physician,” “Caliban Upon Setebos.

From now on, the reading has been reduced/slowed down to leave time for the wonderful extended discussions we’ve been having. Please keep up the fantastic participation!

Week 3:
Monday 9/15: Elizabeth Barrett Browning, “The Young Queen,” “Crowned and Wedded.” Sonnets from the Portuguese 1, 43. IT workshop with Ms. Kate Farley. Meet in computer lab LS102.
Wednesday 9/17: Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol, Staves 1-2.
Friday 9/19: Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol, Staves 3-4. 

Week 4:

Sometime on Wednesday through next Friday, please visit the Neville Public Museum to see “Images of Victoria” and “The Victorian Era in America,” on which you will conduct original research. If you go with at least one other person, you’ll be able to brainstorm together. The blog post derived from this assignment is due on 10/3, by 11pm.

Monday 9/22: Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol, Stave 5. 
Wednesday 9/24:   Henry Mayhew, Chapter 9: “The Street-Sellers of Eatables and Drinkables”, in London Labour and the London Poor
Friday 9/26: No class meeting – museum trip in lieu of classroom work.

Week 5:

Monday 9/29: Jane Francesca Elgee (later Lady Wilde), “The Famine Year” and “The Voice of the Poor.”
Wednesday 10/1: The String of Pearls, or the Barber of Fleet Street Chapters 1 and 2.
Friday 10/3: The String of Pearls, or the Barber of Fleet Street, Chapters 3 and 4 (wrongly numbered as “VI”). Blog post #1, about your research at the museum, due by 11pm. 

Week 6.

Monday 10/6: The String of Pearls, or the Barber of Fleet Street, Chapters 3 and 4.
Wednesday 10/8: The String of Pearls, or the Barber of Fleet Street, Chapters 3 and 4.
Friday 10/10:  The String of Pearls, or the Barber of Fleet Street, Chapters 5 and 6.

Week 7:
Sweeney Todd’s London Atlas Workshops!
Monday 10/13: Transcription and coding in XML. Bring earphones/earbuds. Guest: Ms. Kate Farley. Meet in computer lab IS1129J

FOR MONDAY, in preparation for our mapping and SNA, please:

1) Highlight <placeName>s, and make a list. Google them. Make notes and collect relevant images and URLs. No need to stick to scholarly sources this time. We’re hunting for multimodal impressions.
2) Highlight <persName>s, and in what <placeName>s they appear. Note: For the purposes of this exercise, Hector the Dog is a person. (Lovett’s Pies, the corporation, isn’t.)

Chapter 1: Leigh, Heather, Kasia, Lindsey
Chapter 2: Kristin, Susan, Adriana
Chapter 3: Luke, Abby, Sarah
Chapter 4: Melissa, Derek, Danielle
Chapter 5: Jim, Margaret, Austin
Chapter 6: Tiana, Heidi, Kayleigh, Hunter

Wednesday 10/15: Lo-Fi mapping. Meet in computer lab IS1129J.
Friday 10/17: Social Network Analysis with Gephi. Meet in computer lab IS1129J/strong>.

Week 8:
Monday 10/20: Mary Seacole, The Wonderful Adventures of Mrs. Mary Seacole in Many Lands, chapters 1-5. Atlas components due. An optional resource: some of the earliest photographs of Black Britons.
Wednesday 10/22 and Friday 10/24: Mary Seacole, The Wonderful Adventures of Mrs. Mary Seacole in Many Lands, chapters 12-16.

Week 9: 19th century edition of JANE EYRE. The bookstore has the Dover Thrift edition, from which these page numbers derive. Another edition is here.

Monday 10/27: Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre, through p. 143. (Chapter 15, Vol. 1)
Wednesday 10/29: Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre, through p. 143. (Chapter 15, Vol. 1)
Friday 10/31: Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre, through p. 278. (Chapter 25) Blog post #2 due, about Mary Seacole and Jane Eyre, at 11:59 pm

Week 10:
Monday 11/3: Finish Jane Eyre.
Wednesday 11/5: Christina Rossetti, The Prince’s Progress D. G. Rossetti: The Portrait;How they Met Themselves.”
Friday 11/7: William Topaz McGonagall, Selected Poems: “The Bridge on the Silvery Tay”>; “The Tay Bridge Disaster”; “The Burning of the People’s Variety Theatre, Aberdeen” .

  Demos of The Rossetti Archive due.

Week 11:
Monday 11/10: [McGonagall]
Wednesday 11/12: Edwin A. Abbott, Flatland
Friday 11/14:  Oscar Wilde, Impressions of AmericaThe essay begins on p. 21 of this edition.

Week 12:
Monday 11/17: Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray, Chapters 1-10.
Wednesday 11/19: The Picture of Dorian Gray, Chapters 11-20 and Preface.
Friday 11/21: Thomas Hardy, Tess of the d’Urbervilles, chapters 1-11 (through p. 58).

Demos of The Yellow Nineties due.

Week 13:

Monday 11/24: Thomas Hardy, Tess of the d’Urbervilles, chapters 12-18 (through p. 90).
Monday 11/26: Thomas Hardy, Tess of the d’Urbervilles, skim chapters 19-37 (through p. 204).

*******Happy Thanksgiving! See you Monday! *******

Week 14:
Monday 12/1: Finish Thomas Hardy, Tess of the d’UrbervillesBlog post #3, about Dorian Gray, Flatland, and/or Tess (but at least 2 of these texts) due by 5pm.
Wednesday 12/3: Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest
Friday 12/5: Moises Kaufman, Gross Indecency. Demos of The Old Bailey Online due.

Week 15:
Monday 12/8: H. G. Wells, The Time Machine. Blog post #4 due, about  Earnest, Gross Indecency, and/or The Time Machine (but at least 2 of these) due by 5pm. 
Wednesday 12/10: Paper Feedback workshop. Please bring your paper draft, with your thesis statement highlighted, your outline as marginal annotations, and your conclusion. In class, you will obtain feedback and generate a revision checklist. Paper due Thursday, 12/11, at 5pm. 

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