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English Literature 1900-2000 UG1

English Literature 1830 – 1900 (Eng/UG/1.1.5)
UG1: Semester 1 (2013)
Coordinator: Ramit Samaddar (
Fiction: Charles Dickens’s Hard Times, Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking Glass and Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the D’Urbervilles
Poetry: Alfred Tennyson (‘Ulysses’, ‘The Lady of Shallot’, ‘Tithonus’), Robert Browning (‘My Last Duchess’, ‘Incident of the French Camp’, ‘Soliloquy of the Spanish Cloister’, ‘The Bishop Orders His Tomb at St. Praxed’s Church’), Matthew Arnold (‘The Scholar Gypsy’ and ‘Dover Beach’) and Christina Rossetti (‘A Triad’, ‘An Apple Gathering’, and ‘Eve’)
Non-fictional Prose: Thomas Carlyle’s ‘The Hero as Poet’ from On Heroes, Hero-Worship, and the Heroic in Historyand Walter Pater’s ‘Conclusion’ to The Renaissance: Studies in Art and Poetry
Schedule (tentative):
Classes take place four times a week, Tues-Fri, 1200 pm and/or 1250 pm
July 18, 19, 23, 24, 25 and 26: Introductory lectures
July 30, 31, August 1, 2: Browning
August 6, 7, 8, 13, 14 and 16: Arnold and Carlyle
August 20, 21, 22, 23, 27, 29 and 30: Carroll
September 3, 4, 5 and 6: Pater 
September 10, 11, 12 and 13: Hardy 
September 19, 20, 24, 25, 26 and 27: Dickens
October 1, 3, 8 and 9: Rossetti 
October 22, 23, 24 and 25: Tennyson 
October 30, 31, November 1: Revision 
November 6, 7, 8: Revision 
Somnath Basu has sent the following reading list for Browning:

Reading List—Robert Browning


  • DiRyals, Clyde. The Life of Robert Browning: A Critical Biography. Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishers, 1996.
  • Miller, Betty B. Robert Browning: A Portrait. London: John Murray, 1952.

General Online Resources:

Book-Length Works (Selected):

  • Bristow, Joseph. The Cambridge Companion to Victorian Poetry. Cambridge: CambridgeUniversity Press, 2000.
  • Drew, Philip. The Poetry of Browning: A Critical Introduction. London: Methuen & Co., Ltd., 1970.
  • Duffin, Henry Charles. Amphibian: A Reconsideration of Browning. Cambridge; Bowes and Bowes, 1955.
  • Litzinger, Boyd and Donald Smalley (eds.). Browning: The Critical Heritage. London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1970.

If you are interested in following up the references to painting and sculpture in “My Last Duchess” and “The Bishop Orders His Tomb…”, please consult any standard history of art, or one that focuses on fifteenth and sixteenth-century European art.

For articles, please search JSTOR and Project MUSE using the poet’s name and the four poems’ titles. You will obtain a very large number of them, many of them saying contradictory things, and you should sift through them and make use of these contradictory opinions.

Class Test I: September 18
Class Test II: October 29

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