Empire and Decadence (EASM110)

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Credit Value30
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Module aims

The aim of this module is to locate the many and diverse products of Victorian culture in relation to the principal social, economic, and intellectual dynamics of the nineteenth century. As well as establishing a firm contextual grounding for the works considered, the module will develop readings of the Victorian period which engage with the cultural discourse of our own day: feminism, postcolonialism, cultural materialism, studies of gender and sexuality, and studies in class, race and ethnicity. The module will encourage an understanding of the Victorian period as the birthplace of many of the debates about class, gender and race, which characterise current scholarly theory and practice. In the years after the publication of Darwin's Descent of Man (1871), biologistic and racial thinking intensified.

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