ENGL 3856 Topics in Genre Studies: 19thc. Brit Novel-Pop Fiction

INSTRUCTOR CONTACT:

Teresa Nugent, PhD
Email: teresa.nugent@colorado.edu

ABOUT THE COURSE:

Do you ever wonder where mysteries, detective stories, and horror fiction came from? This course explores the origins of many of your favorite fiction genres in nineteenth-century British novels. Readings include Jane Austen’s parody of the Gothic novel, Northanger Abbey; Charlotte Bronte’s coming of age novel, Jane Eyre; one of the most popular 19th c. sensation novels, Lady Audley’s Secret; a foundational work of detective fiction, The Moonstone; and the classic horror tale, Dracula!

ENGL 3856 covers special topics in genres. Topics vary each semester. May be repeated for a total of 6 credit hours for different topics. Prerequisites: Restricted to students with 27-180 credits (Sophomores, Juniors, or Seniors).

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

By the end of the semester, students who actively participate in course activities and apply themselves to reading and writing assignments will be able to perform the following tasks:

  • Identify literary conventions associated with specific subgenres of the novel, including Gothic, Bildungsroman, sensation, mystery, detective, and horror fiction.
  • Apply close reading techniques to interpret literary devices and narrative strategies in novels.
  • Identify and analyze significant historical and biographical events that influenced the development of novels in nineteenth-century Britain.
  • Analyze and critique scholarship on British literature and narrative theory.
  • Improve your analytical writing skills through frequent composition of short answers and essays that formulate and defend interpretations of specific texts.

REQUIRED TEXTS:

Print edition of the following novels have been ordered at the CU Bookstore. I will also provide links to free, online editions of these works in Canvas.

  • Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey. Penguin Classics, 2003. ISBN: 978-0141439792
  • Mary Elizabeth Braddon, Lady Audley’s Secret. Oxford UP, 2012. ISBN: 978-0199577033
  • Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre. Penguin Classics, 2006. ISBN: 978-0141441146
  • Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone. Penguin Classics, 1999. ISBN: 978-0140434088
  • Bram Stoker, Dracula. WW Norton, 1996. ISBN 9780393970128

GRADING:

  • Course Quiz –5%
  • Discussion posts/Journal entries – 50%
  • Zoom conference – 5%
  • Midterm Paper – 20%
  • Final Paper – 20%

 

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Hours

Monday – Friday
9:00am to 4:00pm

Location

We are located at the corner of University Avenue and 15th Street in a white brick building.

Map

1505 University Avenue
University of Colorado Boulder
178 UCB
Boulder, Colorado
80309-0178