- Syllabus for a Tutorial Class in Modern English Literature
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478 ] Syllabus for a Tutorial Class in Modern English Literature London: University of London Press, 1916.1 I. TENNYSON Survey of the Romantic Period. Influences upon Tennyson. Temper of his time. His personality. Early verse (1830-1842). Technique. Read: Lady of Shalott, Lotos-Eaters, Mariana, Morte d’Arthur, Ulysses, Locksley Hall, The Two Voices, The Palace of Art Tennyson’s longer poems. Tennyson’s scientific interests. Politics. Moral teaching. Religious views. Relations with his contemporaries. Read: Maud, In Memoriam, Idylls of the King. II. BROWNING Contrast with Tennyson. His personality. Influences upon him. Early verse. Read: Pauline. Dramatic qualities of Browning. Characterisation. Range of emotion. His mature technique. Read: Dramatic Lyrics, Dramatic Romances, Dramatis Personae, Men and Women. Browning’s residence and study in Italy. His thought. Moral ideas. Examination of Sordello and The Ring and the Book. Read: The Ring and the Book (especially I, V, VI, VII, X). The dramas. Survey of Browning’s later work. Read: Pippa Passes, A Blot on the ’Scutcheon. III. ELIZABETH BARRETT BROWNING Quality of her genius. Marriage and correspondence. Social interests. Read:RimeoftheDuchessMay,LadyGeraldine’sCourtship,TheLostBower, The Cry of the Children, The Dead Pan, A Musical Instrument, Sonnets from the Portuguese. IV. CARLYLE Life and personality. Carlyle and Jane Welsh. Carlyle and Froude. Early influences. Study in Germany. Style. Read: Sartor Resartus, John Sterling. Carlyle as moralist and social reformer. Relation to Chartism. His political views. Read: Chartism, Past and Present, Heroes and Hero Worship. [ 479 Syllabus: Modern English Literature Carlyle as historian and critic. Historical methods. Comparison with Macaulay. Read: French Revoluton. V. JOHN HENRY NEWMAN His temperament, with regard to his change in religious attachment. Relation to the Oxford Movement. Reasons for joining the Church of Rome. His thought. Style. Read: Apologia, Idea of a University. VI. DICKENS Reasons for his greatness. Comparison with earlier novelists and humorists . Development of his work. Plot and situation. Examination of some of his characters. Influence, especially in Russia. Read: Pickwick Papers, David Copperfield, Bleak House. VII. THACKERAY Contrast with Dickens. Education. Influences upon his style. Satire and sentiment. Characterisation. The historical novel. The novel of society. Comparisonwithothernovelists’handlingofsimilarmaterial.Read:Esmond, Vanity Fair, Pendennis. Thackeray as critic and essayist. Read: English Humourists, The Four Georges, Roundabout Papers, Poems. VIII. GEORGE ELIOT Life and personality. Her philosophy of life: moral views. The tragic spirit.Examinationofafewofhercharacters.Eliot,Thackeray,andDickens as representative of their age. Read: Scenes of Clerical Life, Romola, Mill on the Floss. IX. MATTHEW ARNOLD Prose: Survey of literary criticism in England. French influence upon Arnold. Arnold as a guide to taste. Importance of the Essays in Criticism. Arnold as a moralist. His view of society. Comparison with Carlyle and Emerson. Attitude toward Christianity. Read: Essays in Criticism, Culture and Anarchy. Poetry: The elegiac spirit. Technique. Quality of emotion. Classical tastes. Restraint. Read: Scholar Gipsy, Rugby Chapel, Dover Beach, Sonnets, Stanzas from the Grande Chartreuse, Heine’s Grave, Tristram and Iseult, Empedocles on Etna. X. MINOR NOVELISTS Disraeli: Relation of his novels to his political life. Read: Coningsby. [Thomas Love] Peacock: Satire and wit. Peacock as a precursor of Meredith. Read: Nightmare Abbey, Headlong Hall 1916: Journalism 480 ] Charles Reade: The historical novel. The novel of social reform: Read: Peg Woffington, or The Cloister and the Hearth, It is Never Too Late to Mend. Trollope: The novel of country society. Compared with Jane Austen. Read: Barchester Towers. XI. THE BRONTËS Work of the three sisters compared. Comparison with Jane Austen and George Eliot. Read: Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, Shirley. XII. GEORGE BORROW Unique position of Borrow in literature. His eccentric personality. The novel of gipsy life. His relation to the “picaresque” novel. Unevenness of composition. Read: Lavengro, The Romany Rye, The Bible in Spain. XIII. RUSKIN Life and personality. Ruskin’s work as an art critic. His emphasis upon moral values in art. Survey of art criticism in England. Ruskin's greatness and limitations as a critic. Admiration for the painting of Turner. Read: Stones of Venice, Modern Painters (selections), Lectures on Art (selections). Ruskin as a stylist. Unevenness and extraordinary brilliance of his writing . W. C. Brownell on Ruskin’s style. Ruskin as a moralist and social reformer. Compared to Carlyle. Read: Unto This Last, Crown of Wild Olive, Munera Pulveris. XIV. EDWARD FITZGERALD Isolation. Scholarship. Merit as a translator. Comparison of the two versions of Omar Khayyám. His prose works. Letters. Read: The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyám, Euphranor. XV. GEORGE MEREDITH Influences. Originality and difficulty of his style. Meredith...