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Exam Bibliography

There are three compulsory survey fields: fiction, poetry, the essay. At the exam, each student shall prove her/his proficiency in EACH ONE of the choices she/he has made from the fiction, poetry and the essay fields. As the lectures are no more than orientative survey cores, the examination will set great store on the individual research and interpretation by each student of her/his THREE choices: ONE choice from the fiction bibliography, ONE choice from the poetry bibliography, ONE choice from the essay bibliography. (In the restricted space of an academic semester, there is not enough room to cover Victorian dramatic entertainment as well. But it can be hoped that with the background provided by the three fields studied, anyone will be able to understand and enjoy Oscar Wilde’s or Gilbert and Sullivan’s comedies as well as George Bernard Shaw’s plays).

Also, the examination will check, for each chosen author, the students’ knowledge of the information in the corresponding entry of the bio–bibliographical appendix to the Victorian Course (q.v.)


For the final examination, the students have the following choices:

– to read six novels in illustration to the theses in the three fiction lectures (This means that each lecture should be represented by an average of two novels read)

– to read very attentively three of the novels on the bibliography list by a single author (i.e., Dickens, George Eliot, Hardy who are represented in the bibliographical list by several novels)

– to do private research and be ready to deal with the following synthesis subjects, using all the applicable literary criticism, history and theory of literature apparatus available in the libraries of the English Department building or the materials provided by the tutor(s)

Charles John Huffam Dickens

”The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club”

”Geat Expectations”

”Bleak House”

”Our Mutual Friend”

William Makepeace Thackeray

”Vanity Fair”

Charlotte Brontė

”Jane Eyre”

Emily Brontė

”Wuthering Heights”

Geroge Eliot

”Adam Bede”

”Silas Marner”


Lewis Carroll

”Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”

”Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There”

Samuel Butler


Thomas Hardy

”The Return of the Native”

”Tess of the D’Urberville”

”Jude the Obscure”

Oscar Wilde

”The Picture of Dorian Gray”

Bram Stoker


Robert Lewis Stevenson

”The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr Hyde”

Rudyard Kipling

”The Jungle Books”

H. G. Wells

”The Invisible Man”

Synthesis Themes Proposed:

1.     The Victorian Picaresque and Its Overtones (”The Pickwick Papers” – the humorous picaresque, ”Vanity Fair” – the sentimental picaresque; ”Jane Eyre” – the highly exemplary picaresque; ”Erewhon” – the dystopian picaresque)

2.     The Victorian Intellectual Novels (”Middlemarch”; ”Jude the Obscure”; ”Erewhon”; ”The Picture of Dorian Gray”)

3.     The Victorian Pathetic Novels (”Great Expectations”, ”Wuthering Heights”,”Jude the Obscure”, ”The Picture of Dorian Gray”)

4.     The Urban and the Rural Social Panorama in the Victorian Novels Studied. Insist on the London settings and their symbolic function in Charles Dickens’s books.

Applicable reference books to be requested from the lecturer:

Cuddon, J. A. ”Dictionary of Literary Terms and Literary Theory”, Penguin, 1992 – the following entries: ”The novel”, ”Picaresque”

Frye, Northrop, ”The Anatomy of Criticism”, Penguin, 1992, revised edition (Essays I and III: Historical Criticism and Theory of Myths, respectively)

Radu, C., Ceausu Gh., Morar, V., ”Estetica si teoria artei – Crestomatie”, Bucuresti, Tipografia Universitatii din Bucuresti, 1980”; cap. 5 – ”Comicul”

Hillis Miller, John: ”The World of Dickens’s Novels” ”Cornell University Press”, 1969

Histories of English Literature:

Daiches, David, ”A Critical History of English Literature”, vol IV, London, Secker and Warburg, 1970 (reprint)

Day, Martin: ”The History of English Literature: 1837 to the Present”, Cambridge Univ. Press, 1972

Abrams, M.H., (ed.) ”The Norton Anthology of English Literature”, W.W. Norton & Comp. 1986 – vol.2

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