2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
    Apr 13, 2024  
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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ENG 391, 392 - Decadence: The Literature of the 1890s

1 course unit
England in the 1890s was a place of great anxiety about a number of explosive issues.  The power of the old imperial regime - and the stability of the Victorian ethos - were increasingly threatened by colonial insurrections; advancements in science, technology, and psychology; the collapse of a puritanical sexual order and the emergence of new sexualities; the political and social empowerment of women; various social and economic uncertainties; and the radically new aesthetic politics of the “art for art’s sake” movement.  The course will focus on cultural texts such as Max Nordau’s Degeneration and various tracts about the “New Woman,” popular novels like Grant Allen’s The Woman Who Did, as well as more canonical literature like Conrad’s Heart of Darkness; Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde; H. G. Wells’ The War of the Worlds; and Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray and Salomé.
Meets departmental Texts/Contexts approach.
Meets general academic requirement W when offered as 392.



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