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Masterpieces of 19th-Century Fiction

Study five 19th-century novels that have passed the test of time: a quick-witted novel of broken hearts and second chances in Regency England; a legendary Victorian classic featuring a gallery of eccentrics and a famously angelic heroine; a romantic French masterpiece that mingles moody medievalism, modern social justice, gypsy girls, and a great underdog hero; a profound Russian masterpiece that explores murder and the mystery of the human condition; and a controversial portrait of a Victorian family that the author dared not publish in his own lifetime. Readings: Jane Austen, Persuasion; Charles Dickens, The Old Curiosity Shop; Victor Hugo, Notre-Dame de Paris; Fyodor Dostoevsky, Crime and Punishment; Samuel Butler, The Way of All Flesh. Students should read Persuasion for the first class.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • Increased cultural literacy
  • Familiarity with 19th-century literature

Ideal for

  • The curious and creative
  • Professionals who use critical thinking
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