Middlemarch and the Problem of Other Minds

Course Number: ENGL 197
Prerequisites: Upper-division standing, English majors only
Advisory Enrollment Information: This course cannot be repeated and is limited to upper-division English majors only.
Catalog Course Entry: ENGL 197
Quarter: Fall 2018
Instructor: Young, Kay
Day(s): M
Time: 12:30pm - 2:50pm
Location: SH 2617

The greatest English novel of the 19th century, Middlemarch, will be the
study of our 10-week seminar. Slowly, as we make our way through this
encyclopedic narrative of 19th-century social realism, we will set our
minds in relation to George Eliot’s mind in order to consider how
Middlemarch creates the novel of “social realism” and imagines the nature
of consciousness into being. The human mind’s capacity to feel
empathy—Eliot’s fundamental topic—will be the focus of our study. While not
required, I recommend that you read Daniel Deronda in tandem, the great
finale of Eliot’s novel-writing career. This is a course for lovers of the
19th-century novel and the study of mind.