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                       ENG 387: Nineteenth-Century English Novel

    Final Exam: Wednesday, May 4. 3:10 to 5:10 pm.  Bring a Blue Book!

    Syllabus for ENG 387: Nineteenth Century English Novel Spring 2011, in .pdf format

    Resources for researching and writing papers, particularly with resources for the Nineteenth-Century English Novel.  Lots of links, books, databases and the MLA Style Guide in .pdf

    R. L. Stevenson's Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

    Notes on Stevenson's chapter on Dreams from the R. L. Stevenson website of the Library of Scotland

    Robert Louis Stevenson website.  Very thorough site funded by Edinburgh and Stirling Universities and maintained by academics and enthusiasists.  Good place to start

    Read the 1886 edition of the book in a virtual edition, you turn the pages.

    General info, photos and quotations about Stevenson

    Film versions, links to full films or clips from YouTube

    Alan Moore & Kevin O'Neill's The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

    Jess Nevin's detailed annotations of The League

    Interview with Alan Moore about development of The League on Comic Book Resources website

    Alan Moore talks about The League: 1910, part 1 of a 6 part interview from 2009

    Warren Zevon singing "Werewolves of London." 1978.  YouTube. 3: 17 min

    Alan Moore talks about creating The League on the BBC4. YouTube 7:38 min.

    "The Making of Mr. Hyde" from The League film.  YouTube 6 min, part 1

    SteampunkArtists of the Steampunk show in Oxford

    Steampunk exhibit at the Museum of the History of Science in Oxford.  Includes photos, videos and more. Here's a thoughtful blog review of the exhibit including more photos. An informative broadsheet with photos and explanation from the exhibit (in .pdf format).

    "Steampunk Moves Between 2 Worlds" article by Ruth La Ferla in The New York Times May 8, 2008

    Steampunk 101, blog with photos of fashion and basic notes

    Links and basic notes on steampunk, site focues on books and fiction

    Steamnouveau: Phantoms Siren.  Website focusing on steampunk fiction.From the Steampunk exhibit: Victorian "Eye-Pod" by Dr. Grymm Laboratories

    Girl Genius. Steampunk comic

    Steampunk Workshop blog site. DIY, music, and art ideas.

    Dr. Grymm Laboratories:  An artist creating steampunk contrapations and more

    Steampunk fashion: 

    A retrofitted, steampunk'd computer laptop

    Steampunk Threads fashion



    Lewis Carroll's Alice booksLewis Carroll. Photograph by O.J. Reijlander

    The British Library's virtual tour of the original manuscript of Alice's Adventures Under Ground.  1. Opening description with images only (not as interactive).  .  2. Shockwave version so it's easy to turn pages. 3.  A page with link to Silverlight version (most interactive)

    Jan Susina's interview with Martin Gardener on Annotated Alice from Five Owls. (.pdf file)

    Lewis Carroll Society of North America.  Filled with links.  Lewis Carroll home page, hosted by the LCSNA.

    Lenny's Alice in Wonderland page.  Good links to basic info on the book.

    Victorian Website links on Lewis Carroll

    Lewis Carroll's scrapbook from Library of Congress

    Illustrations of Alice that are not by Tenniel

    Florence Milner's 1903 essay explaining poems in Alice and original

    Lesson Plan for teaching Alice in high school. From Discovery ChannelAlice near the jury box, as illustrated by John Tenniel

    Pronouncing Liddell

    Ruth Ann Zarnoff's interactive Alice site.

    Tim Burton talks with Johnny Depp about Alice in Wonderland and Batman in LA Times (Oct. 15, 2008)

    Blog on Walt Disney's Alice in Wonderland and pop culture related materials

    Notes on Mary Blair's idea illustrations for Disney's Alice in Wonderland that have been reposition into an Alice book with text by Jon Scieszka

    Penguin Books USA's reader's guide to Alice's Adventures in WonderlandMiddle school and high school level.John Tenniel's White Rabbit illustration

    Cooper-Hewitt Museum video of page-by-page of Tony Sarg's Treasure Book.  Video focuses on Alice in Wonderland and shows the pop-ups and details. YouTube. 1.5 min.

    Trailer for 1999 television version of Alice in Wonderland. YouTube 1 min.

    Unusual online text version with illustrations by many artists from many books.  A Bedtime Story Classic

    Link to information on Jan Susina's The Place of Lewis Carroll in Children's Literature


    The first book in the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

    Hogwarts, as seen in the Harry Potter films.

    In Oxford, Christ Church 16th century dining hall was used during the filming of Harry Potter.Christ Church College in Oxford where some of Harry Potter was filmed.

    Victorian British school books, a few more links

    Tom Brown's School Days by Thomas Hughes

    "Thomas Arnold in Tom Brown's School Days" and "Thomas Arnold's Theories of Secondary Education" by Thomas HughesGeorge P. Landow from Victorian Web

    Kathryn Hughes re-reads and re-considers Tom Brown for The Guardian (Sept. 30, 2008)

    Scanned reprint of biographical entry for Thomas Hughes from Encyclopedia Britannica 1911

    Historic Rugby, Tennessee, founded by Thomas Hughes

    Film and TV adaptations, from YouTube

    Old Chapel, inside.

    Old Chapel, West End. Completed 1821. "From Radclyffe's 'Memorials of Rugby.'

    Jack Maggs by Peter CareyPeter Carey

    Interview with Peter Carey, by Powells Bookstore

    Book Reviews of Jack Maggs. "Great Extrapolations" in The Guardian by Hermione Lee (Sept. 28, 1997).  also titled "Great Extrapolations" in The New York Times by Caryn James (Feb. 8, 1998).

    Paris Review interview of Peter Carey by Radhika Jones, from Summer 2006

    "Interplay between Dickens' Great Expectations and Carey's Jack Maggs" by Jason Calhoun at the Queen's University of Belfast

    Reading Group questions for Jack Maggs

    Peter Carey's website

    Post-colonial web site with many links about Jack Maggs.

    A few notes on the Victorian Web about Jack Maggs

    A young Charles Dickens by Samuel Laurence, from about 1837-39

    Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

    Victorian Web's Links and Articles on Great Expectations.  Thorough and interesting like everything on the Victorian Web

    Charles Dickens: The Life of the Author by Kenneth Benson, from the NY Public Library website

    Oprah's website about Great Expectations, which was one of her Book Club Picks.  Date with Charles Dickens.  Includes Jane Smiley talking with Oprah about the book.  Discussion forum about Great Expectations,   Notes for reading the book  Character Guide.

    60 Second Recap.  Go to this website for informatively, lively videos on Great Expectations  (Also check out her good, basic videos on writing a paper)

    Charles Dickens Museum

    BBC's animated biography of Charles Dickens.  Charming, informative.

    PBS' series about Charles Dickens.  Includes a quiz about Dickens and an interactive tour of Dickens' London

    John Forster's The Life of Dickens, biography by a friend.  This section is about Great Expectations

    Review in The Atlantic Monthly of Great Expectations from Sept. 1861.

    "What larks, Pip" a re-reading of Great Expectations by Alison Light in The Guardian. (Sept. 21, 2002)

    Dickens 2012, celebrating 200th anniversary of Charles Dicken's birth

    The Dickens Project from the University of California

    List of characters in Great Expectations

    Penguin's reading guide to Great Expectations

    Great Expectations quiz.  How well did you do?

    Child laborers in Victorian England








    from 1946 film


    YouTube videos related to Charles Dickens and Great Expectations 


    Great Expectations in the news, in our culture:

    In a line from Great Expectations, Charles Dickens  perfectly captures the sensations associated with the beginnings of spring, "It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade." ("Elementary My Dears: Getting Ready for Spring")

    Great Expectations (and serialized novels like it) were as close as Victorian England got to Gossip Girl, Grey’s Anatomy, or Lost. People waited anxiously every week for the next "episode" to arrive in the newsstands and on the shelves. (from Schmoop)

    Of all the many Dickens tea scenes, I’m most fond of the tortured interactions between Pip and Estella in “Great Expectations.” (read the rest of the article about tea in literature "The Book Bench: Tea: A Literary Tour from The New Yorker, Nov. 24, 2010.

    After presenting a sportswear-driven collection for spring 2010, Prabal Gurung delivered an about-face with his Valentine's Day show (2011) inspired by Miss Havisham, the jilted spinster from Charles Dickens’s Great Expectations. The glamorous fall collection — complete with corsetry, ostrich feathers, fur, and washed silk — was a critical success for its fabric treatments and gorgeous draped gowns. (from New York Magazine, March 8, 2011)

    Mike Newell is gearing up to direct a fresh take on Great Expectations, based on the book by Charles Dickens. Newell plans to direct the feature, which will be part of a year-round celebration of Charles Dickens's bicentenary in 2012. (from The Hollywood Reporter, Feb. 27, 2011)

    Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

    "What Girls Want: A Series of Vampire Novels Illuminates the Complexities of Female Adolescent Desire" by Caitlin Flanagan.  The Atlantic. Dec. 2008.  Article in .pdf

    Bram Stoker's Dracula

    Film versions of Dracula.  If you go to the trailers, you can then see links to selections from that film.Bela Lugosi as Dracula


    Tributes to Dracula

    Information on Bram Stoker and DraculaBram Stoker


    Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights

    PostSecret  PostSecret Archive  PostSecret tumblr

    Bridget Jones' Diary

    Pride & Prejudice & more

    Pride & Prejudice links

    from 2005 Pride & Prejudice film

     Helpful materials on Austen's world and time

    Map for places in Pride & Prejudice. Click to larger map

    Jane Austen


    Austen's home








    Pride & Prejudice (2005) with Keira Knightley

    Image from 1995 BBC versionPBS Masterpiece Theatre site for the BBC Pride & Prejudice (1995) version with Colin Firth

    YouTube mashups comparing 1940, 1995, and 2005 film versions.

    1980 BBC version.  Part 16. 1st Darcy proposal comes in at 6 min of 9 min YouTube video

    You've Got Mail (1988) segments related to Jane Austen. from YouTube

    Bride & Prejudice (2004). selections from film on YouTube.

    Resources for Studying 19th Century English Novels

    The Victorian Web, a long-running website on Victorian Britain with many resourcesTechnology revolutionized the UK during Queen Victoria's reign, but cell phones were developed later.

    Online version of classic 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica

    Victorian Studies Bibliography. a listing of noteworthy publications (including articles, books, and reviews) to study the Victorian period.  Created by staff of Victorian Studies and MLA's Victorian Division.  Use this to find the resources which you will then have to find in the library or online.

    Victorian Links, a U.K website with numerous links.

    Victorian Britain, from the BBC's History Trails.  Articles, images and links on history and culture in Victorian England, including quizzes.

    Victorian Britain, an interactive teaching guide from the U.K.'s National Archives focusing mainly on social issues, but with links to many primary sources.

    Victoria & Albert Museum's online exhibit guide to its 19th Century collection.  Lively and interesting.

    The Victorian Dictionary, an organized, large encyclopedic-type collection of articles written during the Victorian period about life and culture. Easily searchable.

    Queen Victoria's Empire, website created for related PBS series.  Information on Queen Victoria and life in England.

    Resources on Victorian culture and contemporary travel from Britian Express, a modern magazine on UK culture.

    Mostly Victorian, a website that reprints articles from The Strand, a popular Victorian magazine.

    Art History Resources on the web: 19th Century.  Compiled by C. Whitcombe, professor of art history at Sweet Briar College.  Extensive links on many 19th c. artists, not just British.


    Links compiled for Jan Susina's course at Illinois State University ENG 387: Nineteenth Century English Novel.