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This study guide covers the Victorian Period & all texts covered in the syllabus and in class.
Survey of British Literature II
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Date Created: 10/06/16
Unit 2 T est Review The Victorian Age:  1837-1901 (Queen Victoria’s Reign)  Visions/fears of revolution is not popular consciousness  Growth of discourse on family, nation, and empire  Sustained normalcy  Technology transforms-more people move to cities  Industrialization-factories & trade  Railways-transport people, goods & ideas quickly  Telegraph invented  Spread of literacy- 1880: kids must attend school till 10  Internationally: colonization and colonialism “benevolent tyranny”  The Hungry 40s  Laissez Faire economics- “let it be” Charles Dickens, Hard Times & “Poverty Knock” HARD TIMES: pg. 1599  Serialized novel  Extreme environmental effects-poisoned water & air  Sense of monotonous lives-no seasonal change-conformity  Sense of alienation- “melancholy madness” “POVERTY KNOCK”: pg. 1600  Personal life of worker  Work hard, no money  Boss is a cheat  Love story <3 Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Aurora Leigh  Page 1138-43  Very “prosey” / blank verse / narrative progression / novel- poem  Realism-everyday events / becomes dominate in 19 century  Aunt & landscape: frosty, dull, vague, blurred, and feeble.  Heart vs. Brain  CLOSE READING: LINES 378-383 Robert Browning, “My Last Duchess” & “Soliloquy of the Spanish Cloister” MY LAST DUCHESS: pg. 1282  Aristocrat  Duke giving monologue-ominous-addressing the messenger- shows him painting  CLOSE READING: first lines 1. “Last”: that’s is just my most recent duchess-tokenizing 2. Duchess painting is fixed, can’t move, dead 3. Equivalency of duchess & painting 4. “Wonder now”: he didn’t used to think she was a wonder when she was alive 5. It only took a day to paint- not that fantastic of work. SOLILOQUY OF THE SPANISH CLOISTER: page 1280  Hypocrisy of brother Lawrence- actually the speaker’s hypocrisy?  Religious official (Monk)  Cloister: square where monks walk Lord Tennyson, “The Lady of Shalott”  Page 1161-66  Version of the tale of “Elaine the Fair Maid of Astolat”  Sir Lancelot is highlighted  She is trapped & isolated  She condemns herself by writing her name on the boat / prideful?  ALLEGORY: angel of the house is isolated from the social world  She decides to leave castle because of Lancelot’s locks-she wants to leave because she is: half sick of shadows”  Weaving is relentless / REAL WORLD IS NOT AS BEAUTIFUL- SUPERFISCIAL / producing pure realism Christina Rossetti, “Goblin Market”  Page 1496-1508  Fallen Woman  ALLEGORY: premarital sex warning  In form of fable  Very sexual language  CLOSE READING: 1. Fruit is being offered as sacrifice 2. She makes fruit tantalizing 3. Goblin men are forceful, she “offers” it more 4. Pleasure in return for money, BUT money isn’t useful. One must give their body (lock of hair) 5. Lizzie offers out of love, goblin men offer out of control  Incest overtones Thomas Babington Macaulay, Minute on Indian Education  Page 1640-42  Macaulay was on supreme council of the East India Company  Historian, essayist, parliamentarian Rudyard Kipling, “The White Man’s Burden”  Page 1880-82  Satire?  His perspective is of an outsider believing the Empire is positive/ humanitarian  Puzzled by humanness/ inhumanness  “Take up the white man’s burden”  Indians=burden  Attempts to do good, doesn’t work out  Attitude of speaker: I have all this good & I want to share it 9but people are seen as half-devils)  Imperial logic with a humanitarian glaze  CLOSE READING: lines 33-40 1. You will be blamed no matter what 2. Line 37-8: describing the people that are becoming enlightened 3. He is saying they love their slavery- suggesting natural position of Indians is ignorant, slavery, and savage. Gerard Manly Hopkins, “God’s Grandeur” & “As Kingfishers Catch Fire” “GOD’S GRANDEUR”: page 1548  Lines 5-8: description of industrialization; falleness; essential deprivation  “Trod, seared, bleared, smeared”: disrespectful, corruption @ surface level, NOT unredeemable  SECOND STANZA: no more man, nature & God; deep depths; unending emphasis; morning springs  God is compared with industrialized material (foil, oil)  SPRUNG RHYTHUM- lines are given a # of stresses, BUT the # & placement of unstressed syllables are highly variable  CONSANANCE AND ASSONANCE “AS KINGFISHERS CATCH FIRE”: Page 1549  Line 1 close reading: nouns and verbs closely connected; both deal with fire (catch, draw)  FIsh & FLies FIre Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest  Sparknotes Summary  Page 1734-  Displays contradictions of Victorian Age and society  Humorous  Pleasure is easily found  Industrialization positive or not?  Focuses on aristocracy  “Celebration” of Empire, BUT questioning the spread of Empire  ACT ONE: 1. Algernon & Lane talk 2. Algernon & Jack talk (cigarette case & cucumber sandwiches) 3. Lady Bracknell & Gwendolen enter 4. Gwendolen & Jack talk 5. Lady Bracknell questions Jack 6. Gwendolen & Jack become engaged  ACT TWO: 1. Cecily & Miss Prisum German lesson 2. Dr. Chasuble enters & takes Miss Prisum on walk 3. Cecily meets Algernon 4. Jack returns with news of his brother’s death 5. Algernon comes out (Ernest not dead) 6. Algernon & Cecily talk of their love and engagement 7. Cecily and Gwendolwn meet & the truth begins to unravel 8. Truth comes out among the 4 9. Algernon eating muffins and no engagements  ACT THREE: 1. Women want to forgive Algernon and Jack 2. Seek them out & more truth comes out 3. Want to forgive the men, but neither is named Ernest 4. Men reveal they are getting christened under the names Ernest 5. Lady Bracknell enters 6. Miss Prism arrives 7. More truth comes out that Algernon and Jack are brothers 8. Jack’s names really is Ernest 9. Happy ever after!


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