English | Victorian Literature
L335 | 28038 | Andrew Miller

Andrew Miller

28038 - 1:00p-2:15p TR (30 students) 3 cr., A&H

L335 will concern the concept of modernity (and its others) in the
Victorian period, drawing on the periodís prose and poetry, as well
as on recent writing on this topic.  In doing so, we will engage the
following topics:  the idea of the subject; alienation; social
complexity; bureaucracy (always exciting);  religion; feminism and
gender; and perhaps the modernity of empire.  This may sound like a
course in the social sciences, but in taking on these topics we will
be concerned with the contribution of the aesthetic, of literature
and literary form.  Our likely texts will include fiction  by
Charles Dickens and George Eliot; poetry by Robert Browning,
Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Christina Rossetti, Gerard Manly
Hopkins, and Alfred Lord Tennyson, and prose by John Stuart Mill,
Florence Nightingale, Thomas Carlyle, and Matthew Arnold.  Criticism
may include writing by Anthony Giddens, Alistair Macintyre, and
Charles Taylor. Students should plan on writing three papers (one of
them extremely short) and taking two exams.