English 528: VICTORIAN LITERATURE
The Victorian age represents the final stage of what we might call "middle modernity," featuring the rise of mass literacy and new ideas of human rights (particularly women's rights and children's rights), of industrialization, of imperialism, and of secularization. This course introduces students to the fiction, non-fiction prose, and poetry of the era. It likewise aims to introduce students to some of the vibrant critical conversations that have driven the field of Victorian studies for the past 25 years or so. We will pay special attention to the enduring legacy of literary Romanticism and to what the sociologist Pierre Bourdieu calls the fields of cultural production.