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ENGL 537 R - Seminar Victorian Lit

Campus: Urbana-Champaign


Course Information: May be repeated if topics vary. Prerequisite: A college course devoted entirely to an aspect of Victorian studies or consent of instructor.

Special Instructions:

English 537: Sustainability and Utopia in Victorian Britain - In the 19th century, both Marxist and capitalist visions of the future were based on -productivism,- or a belief that economic growth would lead to widely shared and stable prosperity. During this time new industrial uses were discovered for fossil fuels-the coal that powered steam engines, the petroleum that illuminated cities-paving the way for today-s anthropogenic climate change. At the same time, artists working in the Romantic tradition continued to worship Nature as a holistic and healing spiritual retreat from the stresses of modern life. At the intersection of these trends flourished a speculative literary tradition that projected new utopias, new systems for living, and new disasters extrapolated from the horrors of inhuman industrialism. In this class, we will read works chosen from all three of these intellectual movements, and from recent criticism that engages with the imperialist and extractive ec

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Number of Required Visit(s): 0

Course Level: Graduate

Credit: 4

Term(s): Spring


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