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Aestheticism and Decadence

ENGL 259.401
instructor(s):
TR 1:30-3
fulfills requirements:
Sector 1: Theory and Poetics of the Standard Major
Sector 5: 19th Century Literature of the Standard Major
Sector 6: 20th Century Literature of the Standard Major
Pre-1900 Seminar Requirement of the Standard Major

An in-depth look at two loosely-styled movements of the late Victorian period. We’ll consider, among other questions, the reception of Darwin; the New Imperialism, scientific racism, and the discourse of degeneration; the influence of French symbolism; mass culture and mass movements; anti-industrialism and utopia; the New Woman and the Woman Question; the rise and repression of incipient queer culture. Fiction by, for example, Huysmans, Wilde, Schreiner, Hardy, and Stoker; poetry by D. G. Rossetti, Christina Rossetti, Morris, Swinburne, and Field; essays by Ruskin, Arnold, Pater, Nordau, Wilde, and others.