76-334/734: Nineteenth Century Literary and Cultural Studies: The Condition of England Question, Fall 2005

Professor: Michael Rectenwald, Ph.D.

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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.

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