Upper-Division Seminar : Darwin’s Culture

Course Number: ENGL 197
Prerequisites: Check on GOLD
Advisory Enrollment Information: This course cannot be repeated and is limited to upper-division English majors only.
General Education Areas Fulfilled: Check on GOLD
Catalog Course Entry: ENGL 197
Quarter: Fall 2010
Instructor: Caldwell, Janis
Day(s): MW
Time: 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Location: SH 2617

Course Description: "Darwin's culture" refers both to the Victorian period in which Darwin published his work on evolutionary theory and our current culture, which in many ways has been shaped by his influence. We will be reading Victorian novels (Dickens's Hard Times, Eliot's Middlemarch), Victorian science (selections form Darwin's work), biography (Darwin's Autobiography and Gosse's Father and Son) and two post-modern novels (Fowles's The French Lieutenant's Woman, and A. S. Byatt's Angels and Insects) which look at our own relationship to Darwin and the Victorian period.