This edited collection offers undergraduate Literature instructors a guide to the pedagogy and teaching of Victorian literature in liberal arts classrooms. With numerous essays focused on thematic course design, this volume reflects the increasingly interdisciplinary nature of the literature classroom. A section on genre provides suggestions on approaching individual works and discussing their influence on production of texts. Sections on digital humanities and "out of the classroom" approaches to Victorian literature reflect current practices and developing trends. The concluding section offers three different versions of an "ideal" course, each of which shows how thematic, disciplinary, genre, and technological strands may be woven together in meaningful ways.
Professors of introductory literature courses aimed at non-English majors to advanced seminars for majors will find accessible and innovative course ideas supplemented with a variety of versatile teaching materials, including syllabi, assignments, and in-class activities.
Jen Cadwallader is Associate Professor of English at Randolph-Macon College. Laurence W. Mazzeno is President Emeritus of Alvernia University.
1 Introduction.- 2 Global Victorians.- 3 Learning through Victorian Garbage: Disgust and Desire in an Interdisciplinary Capstone Course.- 4 Teaching Dickens by the Numbers: A Case Study of The Mystery of Edwin Drood.- 5 Teaching Penny Bloods and Dreadfuls.- 6 Fiction and Finance.- 7 Teaching Across Disciplines: Victorian Literature and Science.- 8 Using Debate to Help Undergraduate Non-Majors Connect with Silas Marner.- 9 Getting More Bang for Your Buck: Teaching Nineteenth-Century Literature and Gender in a Survey Course.- 10 Faith and Doubt in the Nineteenth Century.- 11.Contextualizing the Novel in the Victorian Literature Classroom.- 12 Teaching Victorian Poetry with Twenty-First-Century Psychology.- 13 Teaching the "Forgotten" Genre: Victorian Drama.- 14 The Past as Persistent Presence: Teaching Victorian Nonfiction.- 15 "The office is one thing, and private life is another": Social Networking with the Victorians.- 16 Teaching About and Through Computing: Victorian Record Keeping, Data Management, and the Class Edition.- 17 Virtually London: Literature and Laptops.- 18 Dickens and the Public Humanities: A Service-Learning Approach.- 19 Adventures in Living Like a Victorian.- 20 Teaching Neo-Victorian Literature.- 21 A Model Victorian Survey Course.- 22 Victorian Visions: Literary Imaginings of Social (In)Justice in the Late Nineteenth Century.- 23 Ecocritical and Environmental Approaches: Teaching Victorian Poets and Novelists in the Age of the Internet.- 24 Appendix. Further Resources.