Studies in Nineteenth-Century Literature: The Mind and the Dramatic Monologue (CANCELED)

Course Number: ENGL 233
Prerequisites: Graduate Standing
Catalog Course Entry: ENGL 233
Quarter: Fall 2014
Instructor: Caldwell, Janis
Day(s): R
Time: 12:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Location: SH 2714

The dramatic monologue is one of the most experimental-- yet persistent--poetic forms of modern times. Exploding on the scene in Victorian Britain, the dramatic monologues developed in conjunction with neurology and psychiatry in science, and with psychological realism in the novel. This course will begin by considering a range of Victorian dramatic monologues (by Tennyson, the Brownings, the Rossettis, Augusta Webster, and Amy Levy, among others). Alongside the poetry, we will sample literary criticism, nineteenth-century psychology, and current cognitive studies. From there, I plan to tailor the seminar to accommodate the interests of participants. Areas of extension from the initial focus on Victorian science and literature might include, (among others):

-Re-thinking existing race, class and gender criticism on the dramatic monologue

-Relating Victorian to Modern and/or Post-modern dramatic monologues

-The dramatic monologue goes transatlantic and/or post-colonial

-The dramatic monologue, closet drama, performance and/or speech-act theory

-Dramatic monologue and narrative theories of character development

-Auditors of the dramatic monologue: social and/or reception theories

-Representations of affect: stasis and/or change

Required texts: Victorian Poetry, edited by Francis O’Gorman

Readings of criticism and theory will be made available electronically.