Course overview

This course will introduce a selection of literature written in English in the late Victorian and Edwardian eras. The texts we will discuss are: The Turn of the Screw - Henry James (1898). The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame (1908) Sons and Lovers - DH Lawrence (1913) Selected Poems of Thomas Hardy 1912-13. The Good Soldier - Ford Madox Ford (1915) We will investigate the growing tensions in society uncovered by these works on both an individual and societal level, focusing particularly on the rise of psychological thought and its impact on the novel, and the emerging class tensions developing during our period. The course will also explore the treatment of love in light of the changing times, and the persistence of the lyrical memory.

Course description

This course will begin with an exploration of Henry James’ psychological ghost story, The Turn of the Screw, before we progress to Grahame’s, The Wind in the Willows, which we will assess as a fiction rooted in the nature of the British class system at the turn of the century. We shall also evaluate its contribution to the notion of the British aesthetic movement. Such themes will continue in Lawrence’s Sons and Lovers, and we will additionally investigate Lawrence as a writer of women characters. The position of women and their value as the memory and objects of love poetry will also inform our consideration of Thomas Hardy’s poems of 1912-13.

In the other text on our course, Ford’s, The Good Soldier, we will discover the increasing brittleness of the British middle and upper-classes, and the hypocrisy which structured the late Victorian and Edwardian eras.

There will be enormous scope for the discussion of those subjects, themes and authors outlined above, and you will discover new ways to consider sometimes familiar texts, and thus reanimate them. Additionally guidance will be provided for further reading into our authors and more broadly into authors from the same period not included on this course.

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