The Victorian Era

Course Number: ENGL 180
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Catalog Course Entry: ENGL 180
Quarter: Winter 2011
Instructor: Donnelly, Brian
Day(s): MW
Time: 3:30 PM - 4:45 PM
Location: GIRV 1112

This course covers both poetry and fiction of the Victorian period with a focus on the darker side of familiar things. Genres such as the gothic, the sensation novel, detective fiction and the horror story, and forms such as the dramatic monologue are studied as representatives of alterity and otherness during a period where the dominant mode of representation resided with the realist forms of the novel and visual art.

Concerned largely with the latter part of the Victorian era, we will examine the underside of nineteenth-century culture, particularly the fascination with the supernatural, the criminal, the psychological, the sexual, and the deviant. The texts selected demonstrate a growing interest in the relationship between the individual and the ‘other’, and may include authors Robert Browning, Augusta Webster, Elizabeth Braddon, Mary Shelley, Bram Stoker, Oscar Wilde, Robert Louis Stevenson, and H. G. Wells.

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