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Gothic, Realism, Comedy: Victorian Modes, Plots, and Frames of Mind
ENGL 285
Spring 2021 not offered

This course offers an introduction to British literature from the 1840s to the 1890s, with an emphasis on three aesthetic modes that thrived during the era: gothic, realism, and comedy. Each part of the course will be anchored by one or two novels: "Jane Eyre" and "Great Expectations" for gothic, "Middlemarch" for realism, and "Barchester Towers" for comedy. We will also examine poetry, nonfiction prose, drama, and painting and explore how these modes opened up cross-genre and cross-media conversations. Central themes include the legacy of the Enlightenment; changing concepts of personhood; the relation between science, nature, and faith; the politics of class and gender; the tension between the language of everyday life and the language of literature; and the role of art in a rapidly changing, chaotic, and often exhilarating modern world.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA ENGL
Course Format: DiscussionGrading Mode: Student Option
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ENGL)(ENGL-Literature)

Last Updated on DEC-04-2023
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