ENGL422 - English Victorian Literature

This rigorous, upper-level course will study the extraordinary literary achievements of Victorian Britain. An age of cultural, political, and aesthetic upheaval, the Victorian period was a time of working-class agitation, struggles for women's rights, industrialization, imperial aggression, and scientific discovery. Through the study of novels, poems, and non-fiction prose, we will consider how both formally and thematically Victorian literature engages with the disordered age in which it was composed. Authors will include Alfred Tennyson, Charles Dickens, Charlotte Brontë, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, George Eliot, Oscar Wilde, and others. Coursework will include a significant research paper (8- to 10-pages), enthusiastic participation, an in-class presentation, and a final exam.


Two English courses in literature; or permission of ARHU-English department.