Reading list for my Edwardian Lit students, 2nd semester


These are the main texts we will be dealing with (not necessarily in this order) so please make sure you have obtained copies and read them in advance. A schedule of the seminars will be released shortly on Blackboard.

The Hound of the Baskervilles, Conan Doyle

King Solomon’s Mines, Rider Haggard

Dracula, Bram Stoker

The War of the Worlds, H G Wells

Three Men in a Boat, Jerome K Jerome

The Diary of a Nobody, George and Weedon Grossmith

Peter Pan, J M Barrie

The Strange Case of Dr Jekyl and Mr Hyde, Robert Louis Stevenson

The Doll’s House, Henrik Ibsen (in the Dover Thrift edition)

Poems: “Convergence of the Twain” by Thomas Hardy; “Cargoes” by John Masefield

The following short podcasts are available on YouTube: “Dracula As The Jew”; “Peter Pan And The Mother Lode”; Three Men In A Boat: A Microlecture”; “An Air That Kills: Housman’s Blue Remembered Hills”; “Dowson’s Cynara: A Microlecture”. These are at English Readings:

“Analogy” – a poem by Brian Higgins, read by Michael Blackburn

Brian Higgins (1930 – 1965) is now forgotten as a poet but published three collections of poetry during his lifetime. This poem, “Analogy” comes from his second, Notes While Travelling (Longmans, London, 1964).

His first collection, The Only Need, was published by Abeland-Schuman (New York – London – Toronto) in 1960, and the final one (posthumously), The Northern Fiddler, by Methuen (London) in 1966. His death was ascribed to a ”rare heart condition”.

More on Higgins available on Wikipedia –

The portrait of Higgins is by Patrick Swift and is used courtesy of Wikipedia.

Prep for Intro to Victorian Poetry lecture (Week 2). ENL1012M


Week 2, Wednesday, 4 October, 10.00 – 11.00, DCB1101:

The following are the poems to which I refer in my lecture on Introduction to Victorian Poetry. All except “The Leper” by Swinburne* are contained within The Norton Anthology The Victorian Age (Volume E). They are also easily available in secondhand collections and anthologies, and online. Please take a look at them beforehand.

“Stanzas from the Grand Chartreuse”, Matthew Arnold

“Dover Beach”, Matthew Arnold

“Sonnet 17”, from Later Life, Christina Rossetti**

“No Coward Soul Is Mine”, Emily Bronte

“Ulysses”, Tennyson

”Tithonus”, Tennyson

“My Last Duchess”, Robert Browning

“Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came”, Robert Browning

“The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam”, Edward FitzGerald**

“Jabberwocky”, Lewis Carroll

“The Jumblies”, Edward Lear

“Jenny”, Dante Gabriel Rossetti

“The Leper”, Algernon Charles Swinburne


* A copy can be found online –