A Course of Twenty-Five Lectures on Victorian Literature
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[ 587 A Course of Twenty-Five Lectures on Victorian Literature (London, 1917).1 1. Introductory–The Social Framework. THE MAKERS OF NINETEENTH-CENTURY IDEAS 2. History and Criticism–Thomas Carlyle. 3. A Contrast in Ideas–John Stuart Mill and Matthew Arnold. 4. The Influence of Science–Darwinism in T. H. Huxley and Herbert Spencer. 5. Art and Economics–John Ruskin and William Morris. THE DEVELOPMENT OF ENGLISH POETRY 6. Characteristics of Victorian Verse–Some Comparisons. 7. Tennyson as a Representative of his Age. 8. Robert and Elizabeth Browning–Poets of Love and Life. 9. Browning and his Men and Women. 10. Three Poets of Doubt–Matthew Arnold, Edward Fitzgerald, James Thomson. 11. Philosophy in Poetry–George Meredith. 12. The Pre-Raphaelite Movement–D. G. Rossetti and William Morris. 13. A Poet of Liberty–A. C. Swinburne. 14. Poets of Religious Faith–Christina Rossetti, Francis Thompson, Lionel Johnson. THE DEVELOPMENT OF ENGLISH FICTION 15. General Survey. 16. The Brontës and their Special Significance in the History of the Novel. 17. Charles Dickens and his Social Types. 18. Thackeray and Social Satire. 19. Kingsley, Reade, and the Novel of Social Reform. 20. George Eliot. 21. George Meredith–A Critic as Novelist. 22. Thomas Hardy and Realism. 1917: Journalism 588 ] BYWAYS OF VICTORIAN LITERATURE 23. The Gipsy Pateran–George Borrow, Richard Jeffries, and others. 24. Aestheticism–Walter Pater and Oscar Wilde. 25. The Laureates of Nonsense–Edward Lear, Lewis Carroll, and the Makers of Light Verse. T. G. Eliot Note 1. On 19 Mar 1917, near the end of his first-year tutorial for the University of London Extension Board, and having resigned his position at the Highgate Junior School, TSE had gone to work for Lloyds Bank–“as a stop-gap,” he told Professor Woods. “Literature and journalistic work is not in great demand, nor is lecturing or teaching, except school teaching, which I refuse to return to–it is altogether too exhausting” (L1 188). He planned to continue his tutorial class at Southall in the autumn, and to further supplement his income, he arranged to give a course on Victorian literature for the London County Council’s Evening Lectures on English Literature. The course of twenty-five lectures was given on Friday evenings from 7 to 9 at the County Secondary School, High Street, Sydenham, beginning 28 Sept. The published syllabus, which misprints the lecturer as “T. G. Eliot,” lists only the subjects of the lectures. ...