The Victorian Period
Course Convenor: Dr. Juliette Atkinson
The aim of this course is to acquaint students with the work of a number of important Victorian novelists, poets and critics and to study these in the historical, cultural, social and political context of the period 1830-1890. The course may be arranged according to genres (novel, poetry, criticism) or themes (e.g. the education of the individual, the individual and society).
is paid to novels by Dickens, Charlotte Brontë, Thackeray, Elizabeth Gaskell, Trollope, George Eliot and
Hardy, among others; to poetry by Tennyson, Browning, Elizabeth Barrett
Browning, Christina Rossetti, Matthew Arnold, A.H. Clough, Gerard Manley
Hopkins, among others; and to works of social and literary criticism by writers
such as Thomas Carlyle, Friedrich Engels, Henry Mayhew, John Stuart Mill,
Matthew Arnold and Walter Pater.
Emphasis is given, in lectures and seminars, to the social and political context in which Victorian literature was written; topics such as Darwinism, religious faith and doubt, the condition of England, Reform, education and the position of women, are discussed.