English 236. Sex, Work and the Victorians
Male and female Victorians were obsessed with “the Woman Question” in employment, education and other public and private areas. Upper-, middle- and working-class Victorians wondered about the effects that both industrialization and the abolition of slavery in British colonies would have on traditional relations among social classes and races. This course will examine Victorian literature that explores ideas about women’s role and sexuality as well as literature that focuses on new kinds of work and the concerns about class that arose from the changes of industrialism. We will read poetry, nonfiction prose, novels, travel literature and plays.