Victorian Reading List


Note: these are guidelines only. Part of the work of taking orals is establishing a list that reflects your interests.

Arnold, Matthew. Culture and Anarchy
-----. "The Function of Criticism at the Present Time"
Austen, Jane. Emma or Mansfield Park
Braddon, Mary Elizabeth. Lady Audley's Secret
Brontë, Charlotte. Jane Eyre
Brontë, Emily. Wuthering Heights
Browning, Elizabeth Barrett. Aurora Leigh
Browning, Robert:
"Porphyria's Lover," "My Last Duchess," "Soliloquy of the Spanish Cloister," "The Bishop Orders His Tomb at St. Praxed's Church," "Love among the Ruins," "Fra Lippo Lippi," "Andrea del Sarto" Carlyle, Thomas. Sartor Resartus or Past and Present
Collins, Wilkie. The Woman in White
Darwin, Charles. The Origin of Species
Dickens, Charles. Bleak House, Great Expectations
Eliot, George. Middlemarch
Gaskell, Elizabeth. Mary Barton
Gissing, George. The Odd Women or New Grub Street
Hardy, Thomas. Tess of the D'Urbervilles
Hopkins, Gerard Manley. "The Wreck of the Deutschland," "The Windhover" "God's Grandeur," "Pied Beauty," "Spring and Fall" Malthus, Thomas. Essay on Population
Mill, John Stuart. On Liberty
-----. The Subjection of Women
Morris, William. "The Defence of Guenevere," News from Nowhere
Pater, Walter. The Renaissance
Rossetti, Christina. "Goblin Market," "In an Artist's Studio"
Rossetti, Dante Gabriel. "Jenny," "The Blessed Damozel"
Ruskin, John:"Of Queens' Gardens," "Of King's Treasuries" (in Sesame and Lilies), "Of Ideas of Beauty," (in Part III in Volume II of Modern Painters), "Of Pathetic Fallacy" (in chapter XII of Part IV in Volume III of Modern Painters) Schreiner, Olive. The Story of an African Farm
Scott, Walter. Waverley
Stevenson, Robert Louis. "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde"
Stoker, Bram. Dracula
Swinburne, Algernon Charles:"Faustine," "Dolores," "Hymn to Prosperpine," "Laus Veneris," "Hermaphroditus," "Anactoria" Tennyson, Alfred. "The Lady of Shalott," "Tithonus," "The Lotus-Eaters," "Ulysses," In Memoriam, Maud: A Monodrama
Thackeray, William Makepeace. Vanity Fair
Trollope, Anthony. Barchester Towers
-----. The Way We Live Now
Wilde, Oscar. The Importance of Being Earnest
-----. The Picture of Dorian Gray
-----. "The Critic as Artist"
-----. "The Decay of Lying"


Arnold, Matthew:"Dover Beach," "The Scholar-Gypsy," "To Marguerite," Empedocles on Etna, "Stanzas from the Grande Chartreuse," "The Buried Life" Brontë, Charlotte. Villette
Browning, Elizabeth Barrett. "Sonnets from the Portuguese"
Butler, Samuel. The Way of All Flesh
Carroll, Lewis. Alice in Wonderland
Collins, Wilkie. The Moonstone
Craik, Dinah Mulock. Olive or John Halifax, Gentleman
Dickens, Charles. David Copperfield, Hard Times, Little Dorrit
Eliot, George. Daniel Deronda, The Mill on the Floss
Engels, Friedrich. The Condition of the Working Class in England
Gaskell, Elizabeth. North and South
--. The Life of Charlotte Brontë
Haggard, H. Rider. She
Hardy, Thomas. Jude the Obscure
-----. Far from the Madding Crowd
Jewsbury, Geraldine. The Half-Sisters
Macaulay, Thomas Babington. "'Minute' on Indian Education"
Martineau, Harriet. Deerbrook
Meredith, George. The Egoist
Mill, John Stuart. Autobiography
Newman, John Henry. Apologia pro vita sua
-----. The Idea of a University
Nightingale, Florence. Casssandra
Oliphant, Margaret. Miss Marjoribanks
-----. Phoebe Junior
Pater, Walter. Imaginary Portraits
-----. Marius the Epicurean
Thackeray, William Makepeace. Henry Esmond
Trollope, Anthony. The Warden, The Way We Live Now
Wilde, Oscar. Salome, "The Ballad of Reading Gaol"


(we will consult together to add newer works that reflect your interests)

Altick, Richard D. The English Common Reader
Anderson, Amanda. The Powers of Distance
Armstrong, Isobel. Victorian Poetry: Poetry, Politics, Poetics
Armstrong, Nancy. Desire and Domestic Fiction
Beer, Gillian. Darwin's Plots
Booth, Michael. Theatre in the Victorian Age
Brantlinger, Patrick. Rule of Darkness: British Literature and Imperialism
Christ, Carol. The Finer Optic: The Aesthetic of Particularity in Victorian Poetry
Dowling, Linda. Hellenism and Homosexuality in Victorian Oxford
Flint, Kate. The Woman Reader, 1837-1914
Gallagher, Catherine. The Industrial Reformation of English Fiction
Gilmour, Robin. The Victorian Period: The Intellectual and Cultural Context of English, Literatures, 1830-1890
Helsinger, Elizabeth, Robin Lauterbach Sheets, and William Veeder. The Woman Question: Society and Literature in Britain and America, 1837-1883
Hobsbawm, E. J. The Age of Capital, 1848-1875
Houghton, Walter. The Victorian Frame of Mind
Jay, Elisabeth. Faith and Doubt in Victorian Britain
Jenkyns, Richard. The Victorians and Ancient Greece
Mitchell, Sally, ed. Victorian Britain: An Encyclopedia
Poovey, Mary. Uneven Developments: The Ideological Work of Gender in Mid- Victorian England
Poovey, Mary. Making a Social Body
Rowell, George. The Victorian Theatre: A Survey
Said, Edward. Culture and Imperialism
Sedgwick, Eve Kosofsky. Between Men
-----. Epistemology of the Closet
Williams, Raymond. Culture and Society: 1780-1950
Williams, Raymond. The Country and the City