Course Information

English 101: Dickinson College, Fall 2023

**students please refer to the 2023 schedule for links to readings and updated assignments**

Course Syllabus (2023 PDF)

Evil alter-egos, soul-sucking vampires, and detective thrillers—all have their roots in the literature of the Nineteenth-Century. From Dorian Grey to Dracula and the Hound of the Baskervilles, the sensational literature of the Victorian era sought to stimulate the mind and awaken emotion. This course will examine how monsters, mad scientists, and secret identities rose in the public imagination alongside of a rapidly-changing nation. The nineteenth century saw unprecedented growth of industry and leaps in scientific discovery; new and rapid global communication as well as transport; tenuous relationship of commodities, consumers, and economic stability; as well as changing conceptions of class, gender, and what it meant to be an individual.

This course is intended to be an introduction to Victorian literature in a variety of genres, including poetry, the novel, and non-fiction prose by authors such as Robert Browning, Christina Rossetti, Oscar Wilde, Mary Elizabeth Braddon, Bram Stoker, Robert Louis Stevenson, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.


Previous Course Syllabus:

2021 PDF

2017 PDF

1901 cover of Dracula Background Image:

Cover of Dracula, Westminster: Archibald Constable and Company, 1901