Eastern Michigan University

Honors College

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Although "the Victorians" might seem far away, with old, dead concerns, this course demonstrates that the issues they struggled with were surprisingly contemporary.  Throughout the semester, we'll examine poetry, fiction and non-fiction by a wide range of 19th century British authors all of whom are responding to issues under deep debate in Victorian culture.  Among other topics, we'll look at how art is defined, the role of literature in social reform, debates about industrialization, and questions about the appropriate cultural positions of women.  The course will bring to you new (old) perspectives on topics that may be startlingly familiar, and it will challenge you to open up your understanding of what it meant to be Victorian.
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