Course overview

This course will explore four novels: The Turn of the Screw by Henry James; Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame; Sons and Lovers by D.H. Lawrence; The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford, and the work of one poet, Thomas Hardy, specifically Poems 1912-1913, a record of his reactions to the death of his first wife. We will discuss the end of Empire, the rise of Modernism and Feminism and psychological study, and the political situation leading up to 1914 and changing perceptions of individual and national identity. There will be ample opportunity for discussion and a chance to reassess what may in some instances be familiar texts.

Course description

We will begin our discussion with The Turn of the Screw and

discuss its perception of the ghost story genre, the roles

assigned to women and the emerging practice of

psychoanalysis. Our second text, Wind in the Willows, long

known as a children’s book, will reveal to us that it is in fact an

elaborate form of social commentary on late Victorian Britain,

and we will discover those emerging concerns which related

to class in that era.

When we turn to Lawrence, we will trace the continuation of

the emerging movement towards suffrage and relate this to

the earlier positions of women glimpsed in James’ text. We

will aim to restore Lawrence to his position as a subtle

interpreter of the social situation in the Edwardian novel. This

concern with social positions and hierarchies will continue

into Ford’s text, and here we shall speculate about the rise of

Modernism, before we arrive at Hardy’s poetry and evaluate

his role as a bridge between the Victorian Age and the new

Modernist poets.

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