Listed in: English, as ENGL-371
Alicia J. Mireles Christoff (Section 01)
This course surveys the literature and culture of the Victorian era. Reading novels, poetry, and non-fiction, we will ask how the Victorians lived, worked, and played, and how they imagined such essential differences in lifestyle as those between the wealthy and the working classes, between men and women, and between the young and the old. Topics include the life of Queen Victoria, the “invention” of childhood, life-writing and gender, the Industrial Revolution and factory work, religious belief and secular culture, evolutionary science, and an essential Victorian literary obsession: gaining access to the minds and inner lives of others.Fall semester. Visiting Professor Christoff.