This course will focus on the literature of the 1890s in Britain, a time known as the fin de siècle (end of the century), examining the significant cultural, political and social debates of this period. We will be concerned in particular with the rhetoric of monstrosity and degeneration, with decadence, criminality, moral and physical disease, and with the growing fascination with the supernatural, the psychological, the sexual, and the deviant. The course will incorporate fiction, visual art and poetry, and will include texts from Bram Stoker, H. G. Wells, and Oscar Wilde.
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Students on the wait-list must attend the first day of lecture/section to enroll in the course. For more information see the English Department Crash Policy.