Nineteenth-Century British Literature and Culture

Instructor: Steve Monte
Thursdays, 4:40 PM – 8:10 PM
The College of Staten Island’s St. George Campus
(a short walk from the Staten Island Ferry)

HON 400:  Humanities and Social Science Seminar
Offered through CSI

This is a literature seminar on the “long British nineteenth century,” mostly focused on novels of the Victorian period but including poetry and children’s literature. Themes include “childhood and adulthood,” “country and city,” “Romanticism and Realism” and “religion and science”; cultural contexts include industrialization, nationalism, and environmentalism. Spend a semester with classic authors, including William Wordsworth, Jane Austen, Emily Brontë, Charles Dickens, Elizabeth Gaskell, George Eliot, Thomas Hardy, Matthew Arnold, Charles Darwin, A.E. Housman, and Beatrix Potter.

This four-credit seminar can be taken on its own or in conjunction with the two-credit “Study Abroad” course that will take place during Spring Break (April 18–28). Students who enroll in HON 400 will be guaranteed enrollment in the abroad program.

The “Study Abroad” course will include stays in London, Bath, and Manchester, and cities or countryside surrounding those locations (including Oxford, as pictured above).

For English majors, HON 400 counts as “Victorian Literature” or a nineteenth-century British Lit course

For more information contact Professor Steven Monte at

Textbooks TBA.
Coming soon.

Course Codes:

HON 400