English 122

: The Victorian Period

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Spring 2008 Puckett, Kent
Puckett , Kent
MWF 12-1 110 Barrows

Other Readings and Media

Darwin, C.: The Origin of Species; Dickens, C.: Great Expectations; Abrams et al., eds.: The Norton Anthology of English Literature, Vol. B: The Victorian Age; a Course Reader


This course is an introduction to the literature and culture of the Victorian period. Victorian poets, novelists, and critics responded to rapid industrial growth, colonial expansion, and profound developments in science, technology, and social life with a mixture of exuberance, anxiety, and dismay. We will focus on the period's poetry and non-fiction prose in order to understand how particular texts represent and sometimes undermine particularly Victorian ideas about aesthetics, politics, progress, money, religion, gender, and science.

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