January 02, 2013

Week 1 Questions

Bleak House cover

We'll be starting the first seminar of the term with a recap of the novels studied so far and then thinking about how Bleak House fits into the emerging trajectory of "the English 19th century novel". In preparation for this I'd like you to think about the following:

  • What themes and ideas have been predominant throughout the novels studied? What picture of the 19th century have these built up?
  • What narrative techniques have we seen used - form, style, structure, narrative voice etc?
  • How does Bleak House fit into this - what themes and contexts does it raise as significant? What literary techniques can you identify? How does its handling of "the condition of England" resonate with or differ from the novels of last term?

You could also start to think about issues around connection, circulation and networks in Bleak House which we'll discuss more in week 2.


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