English R1B

Reading & Composition: Late Victorians


Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
12 Spring 2012 Naturale, Lauren
MWF 2-3 222 Wheeler

Book List

Eliot, George: The Lifted Veil and Brother Jacob; Hardy, Thomas: The Return of the Native; Rossetti, Christina: Goblin Market and Other Poems; Stoker, Bram: Dracula; Wilde, Oscar: The Picture of Dorian Gray

Other Readings and Media

Film: Velvet Goldmine (dir. Todd Haynes)

Description

"I don't believe there is much of a future to speak of. We're in a bit of a decadent spiral, aren't we? Sinking fast. Big brother all the way, baby. Which is why we prefer impressions to ideas. Situations to subjects. Brief flights to sustained ones. Exceptions to types." - - Velvet Goldmine

What does it mean to live outside one's time? What are the possible consequences of having "a face on which time makes but little impression?" From characters who don't age to the actual undead, these texts explore different modes of "belatedness" in the later decades of the nineteenth century. Our primary focus will be on the process of drafting and revising successful essays.


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