ENGL 3604 The Victorian Era

Instructor Contact

Instructor: Teresa Nugent, PhD

Email:  Teresa.Nugent@Colorado.EDU

Course Description

The Victorian Era & the 19th C. Novel

Do you ever wonder where mysteries, detective stories, and horror fiction came from? The Victorians, naturally! In this course, we’ll explore the origins of many of your favorite fiction genres in nineteenth-century novels. Readings include Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey, Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre, and Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, as well as the first British detective novel, The Moonstone, one of the most popular sensation novels, Lady Audley’s Secret, and the classic horror tale, Dracula!


Required Text

There are online editions for each of these works available for free. If you prefer to purchase a book, here are the editions that I’ve ordered at the CU Bookstore:

Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey. Penguin Classics, 2003. 978-0141439792
Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre. Penguin Classics, 2006. 978-0141441146
Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol. Digireads, 2016. 978-1420952285
Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone. Penguin Classics, 1999. 978-0140434088
Mary Elizabeth Braddon, Lady Audley’s Secret. Oxford UP, 2012. 978-0199577033
Bram Stoker, Dracula. WW Norton, 1996. 9780393970128




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