The period 1837-1901 (the reign of Victoria) witnessed the industrial transformation of Britain as well as the often bitterly contested expansion of Britain’s global empire. Poets and essayists addressed this changing social landscape, and an expanding reading public often turned to their work for guidance in a changing world. This course will study major poems and essays of the period. Possible authors include Tennyson, Carlyle, Mill, Arnold, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Robert Browning, Christina Rossetti, Ruskin, Eliot, Pater, Wilde.
Prerequisite: Any 190 or 200 level literature course or permission from instructor.