Victorian Poetry / Victorian Psychology
I’m envisioning this course as both a lightning tour through most “major” (and some “minor”) Victorian poets, and a broad history of Victorian psychology. Just as the novel, over the course of the nineteenth century, evolved toward psychological realism, Victorian poetry also delved more deeply in the recesses of the mind. The Victorian dramatic monologue, in which the action takes place entirely within the theater of speaker's mind, is arguably the key development of poetic modernity. In this course we'll compare poetic exploration of subjectivity to its scientific cousin, psychology. And we'll also attend to poetic form and its relationship to selfhood.