On Teaching

General Reflections

This Week in My Classes: 2007-8

Fall Term:19th-Century Novel Dickens to Hardy; Victorian Women Writers (Graduate Seminar)

Winter Term: Mystery and Detective Fiction; The Victorian ‘Woman Question’

  • January 12, 2008: Introductions
  • January 16, 2008: Collins, The Moonstone; A. Bronte, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
  • January 25, 2008: Collins, The Moonstone; Bronte, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
  • January 31, 2008: Sherlock Holmes; Wood, East Lynne
  • February 5, 2008: Christie, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd; Wood, East Lynne
  • February 12, 2008: Christie, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd; Trollope, He Knew He Was Right
  • March 3, 2008: Hammett, The Maltese Falcon; Trollope, He Knew He Was Right
  • March 10, 2008: Paretsky, “Dealer’s Choice”; George Eliot, Middlemarch
  • March 19, 2008: James, An Unsuitable Job for a Woman; Grafton, ‘A’ is for Alibi; George Eliot, Middlemarch
  • March 27, 2008: Grafton, ‘A’ is for Alibi; George Eliot, Middlemarch; Trollope, “Novel Reading”
  • April 6, 2008: Rankin, Knots and Crosses; Gissing, The Odd Women

Summer Term: Women and Detective Fiction

This Week in My Classes 2008-9

Fall Term: Introduction to Prose and Fiction; 19th-Century Novel Austen to Dickens

Winter Term: Mystery and Detective Fiction; Victorian Literature of Faith and Doubt

  • January 6, 2009: Introductions; Hopkins and Tennyson
  • January 16, 2009: Collins, The Moonstone; Carlyle, Sartor Resartus and Past and Present
  • January 25, 2009: Collins, The Moonstone; Dickens, A Christmas Carol
  • February 5, 2009: Christie, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd; Tennyson, In Memoriam AHH
  • February 11, 2009: Chandler, “Trouble is My Business”; Darwin, On the Origin of Species and The Descent of Man
  • February 20, 2009: Hammett, The Maltese Falcon; Browning, “Caliban Upon Setebos”
  • March 3, 2009: P. D. James, An Unsuitable Job for a Woman; George Eliot, Silas Marner
  • March 10, 2009: Grafton, ‘A’ is for Alibi; Matthew Arnold, Poems
  • March 23, 2009: Robinson, Rankin, McBain; Swinburne, D. G. Rossetti, Christina Rossetti
  • April 9, 2009: Auster, City of Glass; Hardy, Jude the Obscure

This Week in My Classes 2009-10

Fall Term: 19th-Century Novel Dickens to Hardy; Victorian Sensations

Winter Term: British Literature Since 1800; Mystery and Detective Fiction; George Eliot

Spring Term: 19th-Century Novel Austen to Dickens

This Week in My Classes 2010-11

Fall Term: British Literature Since 1800, Women and Detective Fiction

Winter Term: Sabbatical!

This Week in My Classes 2011-12

Fall Term: Mystery and Detective Fiction, 19th-Century Fiction from Austen to Dickens, The Victorian ‘Woman Question’

Winter Term: Close Reading, 19th-Century Fiction from Dickens to Hardy

This Week in My Classes: 2012-13

Fall Term: Introduction to Literature, Mystery and Detective Fiction, The Somerville Novelists

Winter Term: Introduction to Literature, 19th-Century Fiction from Dickens to Hardy

This Week in My Classes: 2013-14

Fall Term: Mystery and Detective Fiction, 19th-Century Fiction from Austen to Dickens

Winter Term: Introduction to Prose and Fiction, Women and Detective Fiction

This Week in My  Classes: 2014-15

Fall Term: Mystery and Detective Fiction; 19th-Century Fiction from Dickens to Hardy

Winter Term: Sabbatical!

This Week in My Classes: 2015-16

Fall Term: Introduction to Prose and Fiction; George Eliot

Winter Term: Mystery and Detective Fiction; 19th-Century Fiction from Austen to Dickens

This Week In My Classes: 2016-17

Fall Term: Close Reading; The Victorian ‘Woman Question’

Winter Term: Pulp Fiction; 19th-Century Fiction from Dickens to Hardy

This Week In My Classes: 2017-18

Fall Term: Close Reading; 19th-Century Fiction From Austen to Dickens

Updated September 4, 2017