English 2323 - Survey of English Literature
Assignment #3: The Victorian Age

Reading Assignment
  • Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  • Alfred, Lord Tennyson
  • Charles Dickens
  • Robert Browning
  • Emily Bronte
  • George Eliot
  • Lewis Carroll

  • Writing Assignment
    After carefully reading the selections, write an essay in which you answer the following questions:
  • What generally differentiates the works of the Victorian age from those of earlier eras?  What makes them uniquely Victorian? 
  • Using your answer to the previous questions as a guide, what selections from the authors above are particularly representative of the age?  How and why?
    Be sure to clearly define your terms; defend your assertions with examples from the assigned selections; and explain, explain, explain.  See the notes below for more information pertaining to this assignment.

  • This essay should be a minimum of 750 words in length and must incorporate support from three or more works by any combination of the selected authors and a minimum of three secondary sources.  Remember to define any literary terms used.  Write your initial draft and proofread carefully before submitting your manuscript, which must be MLA formatted.
    Draft a "Works Cited" page according to the MLA guidelines found on the "MLA Works Cited Formatting Page".
    I will be checking your essay to see that you have become sufficiently familiar with the assigned literary period, authors, and works.  Your writing should demonstrate your understanding, so be sure to check the final draft of your essay for grammar/mechanics and formatting errors prior to submitting it for evaluation. See the "MLA Document Formatting Page" for information on proper formatting.
    Give your essay an original title. Process the essay using Microsoft Word. Save the file as yourlastnameA3.doc, and follow the instructions under "Submit Assignment" at the bottom of this page. NOTE: essays must be submitted via the correct WebCT assignment page. Essays submitted any other way will not be received or graded.
    * If you do not have Microsoft Word and must use another program, save your paper as an .rtf file before submitting it. See the "MLA Document Formatting Page" for more information.