Studies of Victorian Literature





John P. Farrell

portrait of queen victoriaStudies of Victorian Literature

John P. Farrell

This site was developed as a resource for the three undergraduate courses in Victorian literature that I regularly teach in the Department of English at the University of Texas at Austin. The courses are E328: The British Novel from Scott to Hardy; E375L: Victorian Literature; and E370: Victorian Essays and Ideas.

The material that is included here is of five kinds.

  • Background and contextual documents relating to the authors included on the site. These are sometimes primary sources such as letters, or journal entries.
  • Excerpts from scholarly or critical discussions, frequently ones that I sometimes use in class.
  • Images: portraits of the artist; association items; scenes relating to some key texts, etc
  • Selected links to related web sites
  • Documents connected to my own scholarly interests and writings. In particular, I have reproduced portions of my published writing on texts and authors that I discuss in class. I have also included a number of lengthy excerpts from Matthew Arnold's prose criticism. It is increasingly difficult to find Arnold's prose criticism in print. As a card-carrying Arnoldian, I have attempted to rectify this situation.  

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