ENGL 334 A: English Novel: Later Nineteenth Century

Underworlds & Other Worlds

Summer Term: 
A-term
Meeting Time: 
MTWTh 12:00pm - 2:10pm
Location: 
AND 008
SLN: 
11344
Instructor:
Joseph Butwin
Joseph Butwin

Additional Details:

England at the end of the 19th century. The last great Empire. Sun never set, therefore it was always shining. The smug country, about to invent the Boy Scouts and the Girl Guides, ready for anything. I have decided that the best way into late Victorian England is out. Inside out, upside down, into its inverse, opposite, counter-cultural alter-ego, the underworlds and other worlds that will help us to define the period and its fiction. Each of these texts approaches the mainstream of Victorian life by avoiding it, leaving it behind and suggesting, but only by reflection, as in a mirror, the world known in a daily way to its readers. We will look into its dark underworld and its imaginary ideal worlds and emerge with a fuller sense of the period and its cultural production. Lecture, discussion and a series of very short essays.

Catalog Description: 
Examines the high water mark of the realist novel, as well as its fragmentation into popular genres like science and detective fiction and the emergence of literary modernism. Possible authors include: George Eliot, Thomas Hardy, Robert Louis Stevenson, Marie Corelli, Olive Schreiner, H.G. Wells, and Joseph Conrad.
GE Requirements: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Other Requirements Met: 
Status: 
Active
Last updated: 
March 24, 2016 - 11:25am