Victorian Literature

L335 — Fall 2019

Lara Kriegel
Days and Times
2:30 - 3:45p TR (3 CR)
Course Description

Topic: Children, Childhood, and the Victorians

“The true character of a soci­ety is revealed in how it treats its children.”  These were the words of human rights activist Nelson Mandela, proclaimed at a train station in South Africa in the 1990s.  The inhabitants of Britain during the Victorian age (1837-1901) shared this sentiment.  In the Victorian age, children assumed a new place of concern in society, as the novels, essays, stories, poems, and plays produced during the epoch lay bare.  This course will trace varying portrayals of children, wheth­er as innocent creatures, im­periled subjects, or corrupting figures themselves. One focus of this course is the represen­tation of children in literature written for adults.  Another addresses youth as readers themselves during the first great age of children’s literature.  Authors studied will include Charlotte Bronte, Charles Dickens, Lewis Car­roll, and J.M. Barrie.

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