ENGL 335 A: English Literature: The Age of Victoria

Meeting Time: 
TTh 10:30am - 12:20pm
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Syllabus Description:

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.

Catalog Description: 
Examines literary works from Victorian Britain and its empire (1837-1901), paired with contemporary social, scientific, and historical developments such as industrialization; urbanization; child labor; imperial expansion; scientific ideas of evolution and geologic time; changing ideas of gender/sexuality; mass education and mass literacy; and the popularization of print media.
GE Requirements: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
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January 14, 2021 - 5:40am