Growing Up Victorian

Spring 2017

FRPG 2014
Instructor: Sarah Gates
Meeting Days/Times: Tuesday and Thursday 10:10 a.m. to 11:40 a.m. and
   Wednesday 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
This course is equivalent to ENG 190 and fulfills the FYS and HU general education requirements.

Some social historians claim that the notion of “childhood” as a special period distinct from adulthood has its roots in Rousseau and developed fully during the 19th century.  In this course we will be exploring this idea through literature and social history, looking at many kinds of texts that focus on children and the raising of children during the Victorian period.  We will be reading two Victorian children’s novels (Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island and Frances Hodgson Burnett’s A Little Princess), some children’s poetry and shorter stories, and two novels written for adults whose tales are centered on a child growing up in the midst of the Victorian world (Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre and Charles Dickens’s Great Expectations). To understand the context of these stories, we will conduct and share research projects in various aspects of Victorian culture.

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