20 Credits AUTUMN

Aims/Description: Virginia Woolf famously described Middlemarch as "one of the few English novels written for grown-up people." Spanning eight books, it is widely regarded as George Eliot's masterpiece. Eliot described and defied her society; she scrutinised her Victorian moment. She lived and worked at odds with nineteenth-century religious institutions: for more than twenty years, she was the partner of George Henry Lewes, a married man, and in her writing she sought to portray life "as it was", to represent and celebrate everyday life, to resist its injustices. She is also one of the few pseudonymous women to retain their pen name in posterity. This module focuses on Middlemarch's eight books, exploring a range of historical and thematic issues including: serialisation; gender and marriage; class, religion and politics; Victorian science; art and ethics.

Restrictions on availability: Restricted to students on the BA English Literature and associated dual honours programmes.

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Teaching Methods: Lectures, Seminars, Tutorials,
Assessment: Course work

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