English 246H

Graduate Pro-seminar: Victorian Period


Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Spring 2006 Puckett, Kent
Puckett, Kent
MW 1:30-3 305 Wheeler

Other Readings and Media

The list may include Bront�, E.: Wuthering Heights; Carlyle, T.: Sartor Resartus; Darwin, C.: The Origin of Species; Dickens, C.: Great Expectations; Eliot, G.: Middlemarch; Abrams et al., eds.: The Norton Anthology of English Literature Vol. 2B: The Victorian Age

Description

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, fiction, 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, sexuality, and science.

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