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ENG 315 The Victorians: Heroes, Decadents, and Madwomen

Faculty: Hibbard
Content: Study of the literature and culture of the Victorian period (1837-1901). Juxtaposes fictional and nonfictional depictions of urbanization and class conflict; considers how the information explosion, industrial revolution, and resulting commodity culture created new anxieties about the meaning of art; examines tensions between Darwinian scientific theory and religious faith; explores the gender politics of Victorian sensation fiction and children’s fiction; and investigates how imperial expansion informed the literature of the period. Authors may include Charles Dickens, the Brontës, Robert and Elizabeth Browning, Wilkie Collins, Matthew Arnold, Lewis Carroll, Alfred Lord Tennyson, Christina Rossetti, George Eliot, Robert Louis Stevenson, and Oscar Wilde.
Prerequisites: None.
Restrictions: Junior standing required.
Usually offered: Alternate Years, fall and spring semester.
Semester credits: 4.