Department of English

University of Toronto

ENG347Y1Y L0101

ENG347Y1Y   L0101   M11-1, W11
Victorian Poetry and Prose
Prof. H. Li
Office Location: Jackman Humanities Building, Room 923

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: Matthew Arnold, Culture and Anarchy. ed. Stefan Collini (Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1993); Victorian Prose and Poetry. eds. Lionel Trilling and Harold Bloom (Oxford: Oxford UP, 1973); Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray. ed. Joseph Bristow (Oxford: Oxford UP, 2006). (All are available at the U of T Bookstore). A course pack is also required and is available at Print City, 180 Bloor Street West (Tel. 416 920-3040).

First Three Authors/Texts: Carlyle, Tennyson, R. Browning.

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

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