A Dish of Orts (orts) wrote in victorian_novel,
A Dish of Orts

The Heir of Redclyffe

Did anyone here ever teach Charlotte Yonge's The Heir of Redclyffe (or, conversely, take it in an undergraduate class)? I'm setting up a syllabus for "The Novel 1832-1860," and am wondering if students would be interested in it or if they would be bored to tears.

It's got a lot of possibilities from the perspectives variously of the Oxford Movement, gender studies, middle-class everyday life, and so forth; but the piety might just be insufferable.

This is probably moot because I think it's now out of print again (so was The Ordeal of Richard Feverel, which was my first choice, damn Oxford World's Classics and Penguin both of 'em for not knowing a good thing when they see it). But I'm still interested in seeing if anyone has any undergraduate experience with Yonge, and if it is true that Yonge can really "make even virtue interesting."
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