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ENGL 4438 Victorian Selfies (Spring: 3 )


Course Description

Victorians didn’t have smart-phones but they still took selfies. This course will consider the literature of nineteenth-century Britain from a first-person perspective. All texts will be told as “I,” whether that be novels in the first person, autobiography, lyric poetry, letters, essays, or even self-portraits. We will also be reading some critical theory that relates to self-formation. We will examine how the “self” is represented and conveyed in Victorian literature and explore the questions that literature raises about what a self is and how we convey ourselves to others. Texts may include: The Moonstone, Browning’s Dramatic Monologues, Queen Victoria’s Diary, Woolf’s Moments of Being, and Jane Eyre.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Alyssa Bellows

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 30-Jan-15