2023-2024 Catalog

ENGL 248 Money, Gender, and the Nineteenth Century Novel

This course will focus on novels by major British nineteenth-century authors, with particular attention to the production of gender roles and the influence of economic forces on character and language. Read in relation to the historical context of rapid change from a land-based to a money-based economic system in the United Kingdom, the novels reveal how the introduction of capitalist practices affected men and women differently. The novels dramatize the ways that capitalism influences the feelings and thought processes of individuals. The class will also pay close attention to the novels’ style and wording, with an eye to seeing how language itself is infiltrated by market practices and values.

Major Requirement Met: Group II


4 units


One First Year Seminar

Core Requirements Met

  • Regional Focus