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369/569-001 Literature of the Victorian Period

369/569-001 Literature of the Victorian Period

Instructor: Christine Roth

Description:

This course will explore canonical British texts produced during Queen Victoria’s reign from 1837 to 1901 in the literary, historical, social, and cultural context. It was the age of Alfred Tennyson, the Brontes, Lewis Carrol, Robert Browning, the Pre-Raphaelites, Oscar Wilde, Arthur Conan Doyle, Bram Stoker, Rudyard Kipling, Thomas Hardy, and many others. It was also the age of urbanization, scientific and technological progress, class conflict, geological and biological evolution, early psychoanalysis, religious crisis, imperial expansion, changing notions of gender and sexuality, and much more. Students in the course will gain interceptive and analytical skills to enhance their understanding of poetry, prose, and fiction written during one of the most complex and challenging periods in modern history.

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