Apr 19, 2019  
2008-2009 University Catalogue 
    
2008-2009 University Catalogue [Archived Catalogue]

LAPI 823 - Victorian England: Dr. Jekyll or Mr. Hyde?


This course is a study of the two faces of Victorian England: (1) the respectable and highly moralistic image reflected in much of the art as well as in social and cultural norms and (2) the underbelly of violence and perversion, reflected not only in the decadent artists of the 1890s but also in the social underworld of Jack the Ripper and the increasing population of prostitutes. The course also examines the historical background and the political, social, and economic issues that made such a dichotomy virtually inevitable. Artists who understood this dichotomy, in varying terms, are emphasized: Stevenson, Tennyson, Browning, the Pre-Raphaelites, Gilbert and Sullivan, Wilde, and Beardsley. Through reading, lectures, class discussion, and independent study students investigate the two faces of Victorian England and explore possible parallels in contemporary U.S. society.

Prerequisites & Notes
Prerequisite: LACR 102 and LACR 210

Credits: 3 cr, 3 hrs