Victorian Literature

The years of Queen Victoria’s reign (1837-1901) saw great social, political, and cultural change, as new technologies radically altered the ways in which many people thought about themselves and the world. Examining a wide range of Victorian texts, this module is structured around four major themes: ‘Socio-Political Change’; ‘Realism, Idealism, and Fantasy’; ‘Falls and Losses’; and ‘Personal Experience and Perspective.’ This year-long module will explore the role literature plays in debates about progress, science, revolution, Englishness, empire, class, death, and sexuality; and will examine a wide range of Victorian authors including, for example, George Eliot, Charles Dickens, Christina Rossetti, Oscar Wilde, Alfred Tennyson, Charlotte Bronte, and Gerard Manley Hopkins.

The details of this module (for example, materials studied) may vary from year to year.