Culture & Society in Victorian Britain

Explore the social, political and cultural history of Victorian Britain and Ireland through key texts of some of the major literary figures of the period. Discover how writers like Charles Dickens, George Eliot, Thomas Carlyle, Charlotte Brontë, Benjamin Disraeli and William Morris used contemporary events as a background for a number of their greatest works; and explore what books like Hard Times, Sybil, Middlemarch and News from Nowhere can tell us about contemporary attitudes to the social changes that were revolutionising society in this period.


This class will be delivered online via the online platform Zoom. Enrolling students need to ensure they have an email, a reliable internet connection, microphone/speakers and access to a tablet, smartphone or computer.


SUGGESTED READING

  • R. Williams, Culture and Society, 1780-1950 (1963 edition)
  • K. Tillotson, Novels of the 1840s (1953)
  • B. Ford (ed.), The Cambridge Cultural History of Britain: Volume 7: Victorian Britain (1992)


COURSE OUTLINE

  • Introduction to the course: George Eliot’s Middlemarch and the Great Reform Act, 1832
  • Charlotte Bronte’s Shirley and the Luddite movement
  • Charles Dickens Hard Times and the effects of industrialisation
  • Benjamin Disraeli’s Sybil and Thomas Carlyle’s Chartism and the Chartist movement
  • The Palliser Novels of Anthony Trollope and Mid-Victorian Politics
  • William Morris’s News from Nowhere and the Early Socialist Movement in Britain


PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Gain knowledge of some of the broad themes of this period in British cultural and social history.
  2. Grasp some of the core themes in the cultural and social history of the period.
$192 Limited / $173

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30 Oct