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HS Neo-Victorianism : Course Schedule

Organisation ^top


  • apart from the longer primary texts (Affinity, The Master, Possession, The Suspicions of Mr Whicher, The Difference Engine) all other texts that are compulsory reading for our class meetings are available on studOn
  • you have to sign up for a conference paper (30 minutes presentation, 20 minutes discussion) and for a tandem group (don't worry, we will help you figure out what this means)
  • for the conference, you will therefore need in-depth knowledge of (at least) 2 conference topics: your 'own' topic as a speaker, and the topic of your tandem team, for which you will chair the discussion at the conference

  • Course Schedule ^top

    21-10-09
    organisation, preliminary information
    Angela Carter, "The Fall River Axe Murders" (1985)
    28-10-09
    Neo-Victorianism - the theory
    04-11-09
    Sarah Waters, Affinity (1999):
    reintegration of marginalised discourses?
    11-11-09
    Colm Tóibín, The Master (2004):
    literary biography - biographilia?
    17-11-09
    A.S. Byatt, Possession (1990):
    postmodern forerunner? historiographic metafiction?
    25-11-09
    Kate Summerscale, The Suspicions of Mr Whicher (2007):
    'real crime' and the invention of the crime novel
    02-12-09
    Soft Skills: Conference Papers - Dos and Don'ts
    (how to write a conference paper, PowerPoint-presentations, presentation skills,...)
    09-12-09
    William Gibson + Bruce Sterling, The Difference Engine (1991):
    steampunk