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2018 Week 6 Course 10

Scandle in the Family: Five Victorian Novels


and Representations of the Family


Sara Zadrozny


Week 6

5 - 11 August 2018

For an age apparently characterized by high moral purpose, Victorian novelists seem to be fascinated by family scandals. From illegitimacy to destitution; fraud to sexual indiscretion, the family and its failure to conform are central to a number of Victorian novels. This course on ‘Scandal in the Family’ in popular Victorian novels, offers a selection of moral failings and intriguing family relationships.

The five books to be studied are: David Copperfield (1850) Charles’ Dickens, Jane Eyre (1847) Charlotte Bronte, Wuthering Heights (1847) Emily Bronte, Mayor of Casterbridge (1886) Thomas Hardy and the American novella The Yellow Wallpaper (1892) Charlotte Perkins Gilman. Kindle versions of these books will be acceptable.





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