2010: Laura White (English) and Wendy Katz (Art History)

The course is designed to provide a team-taught interdisciplinary introduction to the 19th century in North America (with a focus on the United States), Great Britain, and Europe, and treats themes such as gender relations, the emerging nation-state, industrialization and labor, class, war, race, science and religion, and imperialism/colonialism.


  • Newsome, The Victorian World Picture (read by the first day of class)
  • Barney, The Passage of the Republic (read by the first day of class)
  • Balzac, Eugenie Grandet
  • Conrad, Heart of Darkness
  • Grey, Riders of the Purple Sage
  • Whitman, Memoranda During the War
  • Marx, The Communist Manifesto
  • Nietzsche, The Genealogy of Morals
  • Chesterton, Orthodoxy
  • Essays/stories/speeches/poetry by Lincoln, Sejour, Arnold, Huxley, Fanny Fern, G. Eliot, Rimbaud, Hopkins, Coleridge, Mill
  • Artworks by Delacroix, Ford Madox Brown, Ravel, Thomas Cole, Goya, Thomas Noble
  • Handouts and/or online readings

Upcoming Core Course

  • Spring 2010: Priscilla Hayden-Roy (German) “Romantic Love in the Nineteenth Century”


Interdisciplinary Seminar in Nineteenth-Century Studies
English/History/Modern Languages 918

Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Nineteenth Century
English/History/Modern Languages 919