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ENGL 4911 Advanced Topic Seminar: The Crises of the 19th Century: Society, Gender and Belief (Fall: 3 )

Course Description

Nineteenth-Century Britain went through a series of rapid changes in religious belief, gender roles, sexuality, national self-definition, and social organization. Writers experienced these changes as "crises" in faith and values. This course traces the debates and personal experiences of these changes in the poetry and prose of the period—by writers including Thomas Carlyle, Matthew Arnold, John Ruskin, John Henry Cardinal Newman, Charles Kingsley, Harriet Martineau, Margaret Oliphant, Annie Besant, Thomas Hardy, Walter Pater, Oscar Wilde, and Edmund Gosse.

Instructor(s): James Najarian

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 24-Jun-17