Late Victorian and Edwardian Short Fiction
The years 1880 to 1914 saw the transformation of British prose from sprawling Victorian novels to more concise and self-consciously crafted modern fiction. In these texts, readers see the rise of the New Woman; the paradoxical role of adventure and genre fiction in accelerating artistic innovation; the ramifications of empire in Scotland, India, South Africa, and Australia; the challenges posed by connivers, strivers, harridans, and vampires; and ongoing literary tensions between the novel as entertainment and high art. Reading list: W. Somerset Maugham, Liza of Lambeth (to be read in advance of the first class); Miles Franklin, My Brilliant Career; George Gissing, New Grub Street; Rudyard Kipling, Kim; and Bram Stoker, Dracula. Students are encouraged to enroll in the second part of the course, Late Victorian and Edwardian Short Fiction II/LITR1-CE9040.
You'll Walk Away with
- Familiarity with key works of short fiction from the late Victorian and Edwardian periods
- An greater understanding of literary history in the late 19th and early 20th centuries
- All members of the community—working, retired, and in between
- Those with an interest in Victorian literature, history, and culture