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Victorian Short Fiction

Victorian Short Fiction.

Drawing, in part, on the rich resources of UGA’s holdings in nineteenth-century periodical literature, this class will turn to a relatively understudied genre, in exploring writing by many of the most famous-- and a few of the more infamous--  writers of the Victorian period. Partly student-selected, our readings will draw on critical accounts of short fiction itself, as well as on individual stories by canonical, emerging, and nearly forgotten authors. (Probable points of focus: texts by Mary Elizabeth Braddon, Charlotte Brontë,  Joseph Conrad, Charles Dickens, Arthur Conan Doyle, Amelia Edwards, George Eliot, Elizabeth Gaskell, Thomas Hardy, Rudyard Kipling, Vernon Lee, Sheridan LeFanu, G. W. M. Reynolds, Robert Louis Stephenson, Bram Stoker, and Anthony Trollope.) Depending on class interest, we may also choose to include slightly more extensive readings: a pair of novellas, say; a full month’s issue from a periodical volume in which particular short story first appeared; or even a full volume of stories by a single author.


Readings packet from Bel-Jean. If class members choose, we may also order a paperback anthology of Victorian short stories, a paperback novella, or a single canonical short story collection.