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EN3202 Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture

Summer Reading List 2016-17

Course tutor: Dr Ruth Livesey

Books to buy:

  • Henry Mayhew, London Labour and the London Poor ed. Robert Douglas Fairhurst (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012)
  • Charles Dickens, Our Mutual Friend ed. Adrian Poole (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1993)
  • Laura Otis ed., Literature and Science in the Nineteenth-Century Science: An Anthology (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009)
  • Alfred Tennyson, ed. Adam Roberts (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000)
  • George Eliot, Middlemarch ed. Rosemary Ashton (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1994)
  • Charles Darwin, The Origin of Species ed. Gillian Beer (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008)
  • John Stuart Mill, Autobiography ed. John Robson (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1989)
  • Charlotte Bronte, Villette ed. Margaret Smith (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000)

Useful background to the period to read over the summer:

  • Asa Briggs, Victorian Cities (London: Odhams, 1963) [in Bedford library and widely available 2nd hand]
  • Linda Nead, Victorian Babylon: People, Images, Streets (Yale University Press, 2000) [multiple copies in Bedford library]
  • Francis O’Gorman (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Victorian Culture (Cambridge University Press, 2010) [available online via RHUL electronic resources, Cambridge Companions Online
  • Oxford Bibliographies online also contains very useful overviews of each of the authors studied here with comprehensive reading lists and is freely available to students via electronic resources.

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