Dr. Johanna M. Smith

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ENGL 5307 - 19th-Century British Literature and Culture

This course is, to speak oxymoronically, an in-depth overview of the writings and culture of what’s known as the long nineteenth century (1789 to 1914) in Britain. As an overview, it makes connections between the so-called Romantic and Victorian periods, takes up imperial as well as domestic politics and power relations, and includes significant non-literary figures such as Darwin and Freud. While avoiding periodizations and platitudes, we will attempt to come to some understanding of what is characteristically nineteenth-century in Britain.