This website is the collaborative project of students taking the Fall 2013 course of English 380: Victorian Fiction, Dickens to Eliot at the University of Victoria, Canada. “Dickens to Eliot” aims to engage with Victorian print culture in an accessible way and to mutually expand our knowledge of the era that produced the novels we are studying.
To create the site content, each student will undertake archival research of the Victorian periodicals from between 1848 (the publication date of the class’s first novel, Anne Brontë’s The Tenant of Wildfell Hall) and 1872 (the publication of the class’s final novel, George MacDonald’s The Princess and the Goblin).
Reviewing articles, stories, illustrations, poetry and advertisements in Victorian periodicals, each student will choose a piece that, as an artifact, reflects on one of the cultural events, movements, or themes that appear in her/his assigned novel. The student will scan one to three pages of the artifact to present on this website and provide a brief description of the artifact’s periodical source as well a short analysis and comparison of the theme, movement, or event as it appears in the artifact and assigned novel.