Department of English

University of Toronto

ENG347Y1Y L0101

ENG347Y1Y    L0101    M11-1, W11
Victorian Poetry and Prose
Prof. H. Li
Office Telephone: 416-946-3452
Office Address: Jackman Humanities Building, Room 923
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Brief Description of Course:
In this course, we shall explore how Victorian poets and critical (non-fictional) prose writers respond to crisis and transition: the Industrial Revolution, the Idea of Progress, and the “Woman Question”; conflicting claims of liberty and equality, empire and nation, theology and natural selection; the Romantic inheritance, Art-for-Art’s-Sake, Fin de siècle, and “Decadence.”

Required Reading: 1. Course pack. (Available at Print City, 180 Bloor Street West, Tel. 416 920-3040). 2. Arnold, Matthew. Culture and Anarchy. Ed. Stefan Collini. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1993. 3. Victorian Prose and Poetry. Eds. Lionel Trilling and Harold Bloom. Oxford: Oxford UP, 1973. 4. Wilde, Oscar. The Picture of Dorian Gray. Ed. Joseph Bristow. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2006. (Nos. 2, 3, 4 are available at the U of T Bookstore)

First Three Authors/Texts: Tennyson, Robert Browning, Matthew Arnold

Method of Evaluation:
Two essays; one presentation; informed participation; final test.

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