SoSe 13: S-Culture-Gender-Media II: Gender and the City in Late-Victorian England
Sabine Schülting/Judit Minczinger
The late Victorian city was the setting of considerable social and cultural upheavals concerning work, consumption, the family, private and public life, all of which had a substantial impact on the ... read more
The late Victorian city was the setting of considerable social and cultural upheavals concerning work, consumption, the family, private and public life, all of which had a substantial impact on the relationships between the sexes, on constructions of masculinity and femininity, as well as on discourses about sexuality. These changes were addressed with both anxiety and fascination, in late-Victorian literature, journalism and urban studies alike. In the seminar we will analyse a wide variety of both fictional and non-fictional texts as well as visual material, exploring topics such as "the new woman", masculinity and illicit desires, sexual violence, female performers and professionals, and consumer culture. Texts will include, among others: R. L. Stevenson's Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (1886), George du Maurier's Trilby (1894), Amy Levy's The Romance of a Shop (1888), and newspaper articles on the Jack the Ripper murders.
Language: The course will be taught in English (level C1).
Texts: Students should purchase copies of the following texts (preferably in the following paperback editions): Robert Louis Stevenson, The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, and Other Tales (Oxford World's Classics; c. EUR 7,20) - George Du Maurier, Trilby (Penguin Classics; c. 13 EUR) - Amy Levy, The Romance of a Shop (any edition). Shorter texts will be made available on Blackboard.
Students are expected to read Amy Levy's novel during the term break.
Assessment will be on the basis of active participation in classroom activities and the submission of an essay (4,000 words).