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ENGL 4337 Victorian Marriage/Victorian Sex (Fall: 3 )


Course Description

The Victorian era may call to mind strict gender roles and romantic novels culminating in marriage. Yet this period also saw rampant prostitution, feminist agitation for rights, and debates over competing definitions of masculinity. This course explores the interrelation between Victorian literary forms and nineteenth-century debates about gender and sexuality. Our focus will be on fiction, most likely: Bront's Jane Eyre, Eliot's Adam Bede, Braddon's Lady Audley's Secret, and Hardy's Tess of the D'Urbervilles. Along the way, we will encounter a wide range of readings, from Sherlock Holmes stories to Victorian poetry, and from books of household advice to pornography. This course is reading intensive.


Instructor(s): Maia McAleavey

Prerequisites: None

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Comments: Fulfills the pre-1900 requirement.


Last Updated: 01-Jul-14