Teaching Ethnicity, Gender, and 19th Century English Literature: The Inclusive 19th Century

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Nineteenth century British prose, especially the novels, are a motherlode of cultural references. Ethnicity and gender are two underlying themes that are themselves both important and, at times, almost secondary to the all-pervasive class themes. In this discussion, the idea is to explore the writings of such writers as Jane Austen and Wilkie Collins. Their references and characterizations of one's ethnicity and gender reveal 19th century English culture. However, with writings from Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin, Matthew Arnold, and others, there is another, a more complete view, of this important time. Without the help of contemporary cultural critics, one is forced to see a different England than the one imagined by cultural scholars of today.


Keywords: 19th Century English Literature, Cultural Criticism
Stream: Representations: Media, Communications, Arts, Literature
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: Teaching Ethnicity, Gender, and 19th Century English Literature


Dr. Glen Bush

Professor of English and Humanities, Humanities and Fine Arts, Heartland Community College
Normal, Illinois, USA

Besides the information included in the Short Biography, I have also published and presented numerous papers on Literary Theory, British, American, African, and African American Literatures. While a Fulbrighter in Nigeria, I published a textbook for non-American students on American Literature from the Puritan Period to the Postmodernist Period. Since coming to Heartland Community College to help build its Non-Western Literature and Cultural Studies Program, I have been doing more research in the fields of Western and Non-Western Cultural Studies, especially those areas that reflect the political directions of the Academy and the Media. Currently, I am researching the cultural politics reflected in film and literature.

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