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EN2212 Victorian Literature

Summer Reading List 2017-18

Course Leader: Dr Sophie Gilmartin


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 free online on sites such as Project Gutenberg.

These are the course texts from which you can choose your summer reading, bar a couple which are still being considered by your lecturers. The list below is chronological in terms of publication date, but not in terms of when they will appear on the course. You will get that information when the Moodle pages for this course goes live later in the summer. However, you are advised to prioritize reading of the longer novels over the summer (these are: The Small House at Allington, Wuthering Heights, Mary Barton, Adam Bede, The Water Babies, Tess of the D’Urbervilles), 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)
  • Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities (1859)
  • George Eliot, Adam Bede (1859)
  • Charles Kingsley, The Water Babies (1863)
  • Anthony Trollope, The Small House at Allington (1864)
  • Christina Rossetti, Selected Poems
  • Robert Louis Stevenson, ‘Thrawn Janet’ (1887); Thomas Hardy, ‘The Withered Arm’ (1888). (Two Victorian supernatural tales)
  • Thomas Hardy, Tess of the D’Urbervilles (1891) 



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