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EN2212 Victorian Literature

Summer Reading List 2016-17

Course Leader: Dr Vicky Greenaway

Most of the novels on the course are readily available in Oxford World’s Classics or Penguin Classics editions, and either is appropriate for the course. Queen Victoria’s Leaves from a Journal of Our Life in the Highlands (1868) is available in good libraries, and there are online versions as well. It will be made available on Moodle at the beginning of the academic year also, as will Florence Nightingale’s Cassandra. Indeed, many or most of the works listed here can be found online.

These are the course texts from which you can choose your summer reading, bar a couple which are still being considered by your lecturers. You are advised to read some of the longer novels over the summer (for example, The Way We Live Now, Armadale, Wuthering Heights, Mary Barton), but it is entirely your choice of summer reading. Enjoy!

  • Queen Victoria, Leaves from a Journal of Our Life in the Highlands 1848-61 (1868)
  • John Walker, The Factory Lad (1832)
  • Robert Browning, Dramatic Lyrics (1842)
  • Alfred Tennyson, selected poems (1842)
  • Emily Bronte, Wuthering Heights  (1847)
  • Elizabeth Gaskell, Mary Barton (1848)
  • Florence Nightingale, Cassandra (1852)
  • Matthew Arnold, Selected Poems (1849-69)
  • Arthur Hugh Clough, Amours de Voyage (1858)
  • Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities (1859)
  • George Eliot, Adam Bede (1859)
  • Charles Kingsley, The Water Babies (1863)
  • Wilkie Collins, Armadale (1866)
  • Richard Blackmore, Lorna Doone (1869)
  • Anthony Trollope, The Way We Live Now (1872)
  • Christina Rossetti, Selected Poems
  • Robert Louis Stevenson, ‘Thrawn Janet’ (1887); Thomas Hardy, ‘The Withered Arm’ (1888). (Two Victorian supernatural tales)
  • Olive Schreiner, The Story of An African Farm, 1883 



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