English 335: The Age of Victoria
Course Description: This course focuses upon British literature from 1830-1900. In many ways, these years gave rise to modernity as we now experience it, from the first appearance of modern vehicles (including trains, subways, and bicycles) to the first instantaneous electronic communication (the telegraph). These years also witnessed the birth of mass literacy and widespread new discussions of minority rights, women's rights, children's rights, and animal rights. Ideas of literary value evolved dramatically during this period: women gained unprecedented positions in the literary world, the novel first received credit as a legitimate art form, and folk art (from crafts to fairy tales) established a new and unexpected cultural value. Students in this course should look forward to studying novels, essays, poetry, and the visual arts. There will be two 5-page papers and several short writing assignments.