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The Chamber of Horrors: Victorian Literature and Ornament (EAS3174)
In the 1850s, the Museum of Ornamental Art included a gallery that popularly came to be known as the Chamber of Horrors. Officially titled the Gallery of False Principles in Decoration, this exhibit sought to teach the mid-Victorian consumer how to shop, furnish, dress, and decorate in good taste. This course will examine the principles of good design and the discourses of taste, ornamentation, and morality that circulated and developed from the 1830s to the 1890s. Links will be made between issues of form and genre in fiction, poetry and prose and the discourses of taste and ornamentation in the nineteenth century.