ENG486H1FENG486H1F L0101 W2-4
Aesthetic and Decadent MovementsProfessor Hao LiBrief Description of Course:
The late Victorian period was characterized by, among other changes, a reaction against the aesthetic, religious, and sexual mores of the mid-Victorian period. In this seminar, we shall focus on aspects of this development through a study of writers associated with the Aesthetic and Decadent Movements. Our main emphasis is on their formal sensibilities. Issues to be explored include the New Hedonism; Anarchism; gender crisis; relations to the Pre-Raphaelites, the Symbolist Movement and early Modernism, etc.Required Reading:
Pater, Walter. Studies in the History of the Renaissance
. Ed. Matthew Beaumont. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010; Wilde, Oscar. The Picture of Dorian Gray
. Ed. Joseph Bristow. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2006; All other readings are included in a course pack.First Three Authors/Texts:
Dante Gabriel Rossetti, William Morris, Walter Pater.
Method of Instruction: Seminar.
Method of Evaluation: Essay, presentation, participation..