The 19th Century Historical Novel

Apr 2017

This is a new class that Monica Cohen is offering. I took the class because i have taken her Austen, Brontë, Gaskell class before and loved it. Cohen is a great professor, she has deep insight on the books and makes the class accessible to all the students, even those, like myself, who are not english majors. She will meet with you outside of class and is very helpful in office hours. In general she is a wonderful person who cares about her students and about the works she teaches. She listens to what everyone has to say and is sometimes too considerate. She will not cut students off, even if they go on irrelevant tangents. I will say that this class sometimes felt like a book club but I attribute that to the fact that this was the first time she taught it. In her other classes, the discussion was much more elevated, insightful and organized. I would recommend taking this class if you want to read historical novels and have an insightful discussion about them. But this was not a challenging class in any way. Here is the list of novels: Jane Austen, Persuasion; Charlotte Brontë, Shirley; Charles Dickens, Tale of Two Cities; George Eliot, Scenes of Clerical Life; Elizabeth Gaskell, Mary Barton; Thomas Hardy, Mayor of Casterbridge; Walter Scott, Heart of Midlothian. Overall, I would recommend this class because I think it can only get better over the years. Professor Cohen is a sweetheart and ultimately this is an enjoyable class.