Victorian Ephemerality: Poetry, Photography, & Paper (LIT2532.01)

Jenny Boully

Time collapses while industry and science expands. Looking to the future, the Victorians clung to sentimentality as a response to a world that seemed to have industrialized overnight. From Arnold to Wilde, we’ll explore the prevailing poets of the Victorian era alongside investigations into Victorian visual culture, photography, and paper arts. In a time when letters were burned and books a luxury, we’ll take a tour of the Victorian relationship to paper and literacy. We’ll learn about disappearing buildings, the fragility of images on wet-glass, the art of illustration, and personal book-making. We’ll dwell within the ideas of ephemerality, trickery, and mimicry. Students will be required to write critically on poems and also produce ephemera inspired by the Victorians.

Learning Outcomes:
o To interpret literature through historical, social, cultural, and literary considerations as well as independently through one’s own critical discoveries and curiosities;
o To gain an overview of the Victorian culture, literature, and art, as applicable to historical and cultural considerations;
o To gain an awareness of domestic handcrafts alongside high art and the impacts of industrialism on these in the Victorian age;
o To eloquently discourse on literature, both verbally and written, while retaining one’s individual interpretation of a text.

Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Course Level: 2000-level
Credits: 4
T/F 2:10PM - 4:00PM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 20
Course Frequency: One time only

Categories: 2000 , All courses , Four Credit , Fully In-Person , Literature