Spring 2019 - ENGL 206 J100

Nineteenth Century Literatures in English (3)

Class Number: 5421

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 5:30 PM – 7:20 PM
    HCC 1315, Vancouver

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 14, 2019
    7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    HCC 1425, Vancouver

  • Prerequisites:

    Two 100 division English courses.



The study of nineteenth century North American, British, and/or Post-colonial literatures. May include some writing from North America. Breadth-Humanities.


At the dawn of the nineteenth century, Britain was a world pioneer of new technology. In the vanguard of industrial revolution, this imperial nation harnessed the force of steam and the strength of iron to modernize both society and nature. But the confidence and stability borne of industrial and commercial supremacy was matched by a certain uneasiness, sometimes even a sense of crisis, that can also stem from rapid social and technological change. The newness of the nineteenth century, its speed, progress, energy, inventiveness, and sheer geographical mass, could appear, as Matthew Arnold put it, “a strange disease of modern life.” Our literary survey of this exciting historical era includes Frankenstein, Jane Eyre and The Jungle Book as well as selected prose and poetry. We will examine how literature both reflects and is implicated in conflicting and shifting cultural values as well as environmental transformations. We will pay careful attention to innovations in form and style as well as to the specific concerns of major cultural movements and individual writers as they represented and wrestled the unpredictable and tumultuous changes of the era.


  • Participation 20%
  • First Essay 25%
  • Second Essay 30%
  • Final Exam 25%


Seminar Preparation and Participation (20%) - includes participation in Canvas discussion

Essay One: 5 pages (25%)

Essay Two: 6-7 pages (30%)

Final Exam (25%)



Mary Shelley, Frankenstein (1818). Oxford World Classic
ISBN: 978-0199537150

Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre. Norton Critical Edition
ISBN: 978-0-393-26487-6

The Broadview Anthology of British Literature Volume 5: The Victorian Era – Second Edition
ISBN: 9781554810734

Rudyard Kipling, The Jungle Book. Dover
ISBN: 978-048641024

Department Undergraduate Notes:

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