Century Literary and Cultural Studies: The Condition of England Question,
Professor: Michael Rectenwald, Ph.D.
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- 76-236 Course Description:
This course focuses on the “Condition of England Question”—the discourse surrounding the great social, economic and political upheavals following the Napoleonic wars and before the halcyon days of mid-Victorianism. We will explore the set of issues represented by this complex phrase, from various social locations and socio-political positions. William Cobbett, Thomas Hodgskin, Thomas Carlyle, Friedrich Engels, Karl Marx, John Stuart Mill, Benjamin Disraeli and Charles Dickens are among the authors whose works we will examine. We will also read poetry, including that by Alfred Lord Tennyson, Elizabeth and Robert Browning, James Thomson, B.V., and others.
76-334/734 LIST OF TEXTS
- Primary Readings (from Bookstore)
- Carlyle, Thomas, A Carlyle Reader, G. B. Tennyson, ed. (Acton, Mass.: Copley Publishing,
- Dickens, Charles, Hard Times ( New York: Bantam, 2004); 1854.
- Disraeli, Benjamin, Sybil, Or the Two Nations (Oxford, New York: Oxford University Press, 1998); 1845.
- Engels, Friedrich The Condition of the Working Class in England (London and New York: Penguin Books, 1987); 1844.
- Gaskell, Elizabeth, Mary Barton: A Tale of Manchester Life (New York: Penguin Books, 1996); 1848.
- Marx, Karl, The Communist Manifesto: A Norton Critical Edition (New York and London: W.W. Norton & Company, 1988); 1848.
- O’Gorman, Francis, ed., Victorian Poetry: An Annotated Anthology (Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2004).
- Primary Texts ( handouts or online versions)
- Carlyle, Thomas, Chartism (1839).
- Cobbett, William, A History of the Protestant Reformation in England and Ireland (selections)
- Cobbett, William, Rural Rides (1830) (Selections)
- Hodgskin, Thomas, Labour Defended against the Claims of Capital (1825)
- Shuttleworth, James Phillip Kay, The Moral and Physical Condition of the Working Classes Employed in the Cotton Manufacture in Manchester (London: Frank Cass and Company, 1970); 1832.
- Secondary Texts (selections--handouts)
- Abrams, M. H., et al, eds., The Norton Anthology of English Literature, Volume 2, 4 th edition (New York, London: W.W. Norton
& Co., 1979).
- * Foucault, Michel, Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison ( New York : Pantheon Books, 1977).
- Levin, Michael, The Condition Of England Question : Carlyle, Mill, Engels ( New York: St. Martin's Press, 1998).
- *Poovey, Mary, Making a Social Body: British Cultural Formation, 1830-1864 (Chicago: University Of Chicago Press, 1995).
- Thompson, Dorothy, The Chartists: Popular Politics in the Industrial Revolution ( New York : Pantheon Books, 1984).
- Ulrich, John McAllister, Signs Of Their Times: History, Labor, and the Body in Cobbett, Carlyle, and Disraeli ( Athens , Ohio: Ohio University Press, 2002).
*Graduate students (only) will need to buy these books marked with an asterisk; undergraduate students can purchase these books and read the graduate assignments if they so desire. Copies are available on Amazon.com and at Barnes and Noble.com. The later edition of Discipline and Punish is fine.
- Syllabus (The syllabus includes the complete course description,
list of texts, assignment due dates/daily schedule, and more).
- Writing and Reading Resources
- Required Online Readings, roughly in order of class coverage (updated
regularly: see syllabus for full bibliographic citation and dates of reading
- Web Resources
- The Oxford English
Dictionary (OED) online
- The Gutenberg
Project (The most amazing collection of etexts on the web: see
THE CAMBRIDGE HISTORY OF ENGLISH AND AMERICAN LITERATURE
Educational (British History, 1500-1980)
- BBC History
- The Scholarly
Journal Archive (JSTOR is a not-for-profit organization with
a dual mission to create and maintain a trusted archive of important
scholarly journals, and to provide access to these journals as widely
as possible. JSTOR offers researchers the ability to retrieve high-resolution,
scanned images of journal issues and pages as they were originally
designed, printed, and illustrated. Content in JSTOR spans many
disciplines. For lists of currently available titles and collections,
please refer to: http://www.jstor.org/about/collection.list.html).
Serials Master File is an innovative Web reference service for
serials and collection development librarians, historians, bibliographers,
scholars and students, providing access to information on over 37,000
- Nineteenth Century
- The Victorian Web (web
resources for everything Victorian: political history, social history,
gender matters, philosophy, religion, science, literature, etc.)
Studies (leading periodical on the Victorian period, some issues
Links: links on Victorian history, literature, art, religion
- Joseph Sramek,
The Development of the British Working Class, A Debate: Part I
- Poole's Plus: The Digital Index of the Nineteenth Century (enter
Mellon Library databases page): a master file of published works
in the 19th century
Waterloo Directory of English Newspapers and Periodicals: 1800-1900
(index, history and information on periodicals--requires registration)
Discussion group dedicated to the lives and works of the Bronte family
(Yahoo egroup, requires registration)
- William Paley, Natural
Theology; or, Evidences of the Existence and Attributes of the Deity
Owen (writings and resources)
- Percy Bysshe Shelley, "England
in 1819" (1819)
- Benjamin Disraeil, Sybil,
or the Two Nations (free online version)
Social Literature: A Chronology
- Nineteenth-Century Science
- Late 18th Century Background
- Other assorted and miscellaneous sites that I have found curious and