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ENGL 208 D - Victorian Lit and Culture

Campus: Urbana-Champaign

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While Queen Victoria was on the throne (1837-1901), Britain became a world power, but often looked backwards to the lovely worlds of the past. Many of the era-s great literary works reflect this tension between realism and romance: between the realism of being a poor governess and the romance of finding true love in Jane Eyre; the tragedy of losing your best friend and the hope of emotional survival in In Memoriam; the practical work of building a useful device and the fantasy of visiting the dystopian future in The Time Machine. Literature studied in this class will include poetry, prose, drama, and fiction, possibly including works by Charlotte Bronte, Charles Dickens, Elizabeth Gaskell, Mary Seacole, Thomas Carlyle, Alfred Tennyson, Robert Browning, Christina Rossetti, William Morris, Oscar Wilde, H.G. Wells, Olive Schreiner, or George Bernard Shaw. Course Information: Prerequisite: Completion of the Composition I requirement.

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Victorian Literature and Culture - While Queen Victoria was on the throne (1837-1901), Britain became a world power, but often looked backwards to the lovely worlds of the past. Many of the era-s great literary works reflect this tension between political realism and dreamy romance: between the cold prospect of being a poor governess and the romance of finding true love in Jane Eyre; the tragedy of losing your best friend and the hope of emotional resilience in In Memoriam; the struggle between duty and monstrous desire in Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Readings in this class will also include the poetry of the Pre-Raphaelites Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Christina Rossetti, Olive Schreiner-s novel The Story of an African Farm, plays by Oscar Wilde and George Bernard Shaw, political essays by John Stuart Mill and Thomas Carlyle, and the wartime memoir of the Jamaican nurse Mary Seacole. The course will require two short papers, a midterm and final, weekly written assignme

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Number of Required Visit(s): 0

Course Level: Undergraduate

Credit: 3

Term(s): Fall


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