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Organization, Regulations, and Courses 2017-18

ENGL 62.16 Victorian Faces/Facial Politics

In Victorian England, a person’s face was his or her calling card: a clue to social identity, a signifier of inner personality, or a mask, a socially-constructed and performed persona. The period witnessed the expansion of photography, the popularity of pseudo-sciences such as physiognomy and phrenology, the “scientific” study of race, and the birth of psychology. In studying these facial mediations, this colloquium will read literary texts alongside artistic manifestos, scientific and pseudo-scientific prose, visual images, and contemporary literary criticism (poststructuralist, psychoanalytic, feminist, queer, performance theory, critical race). The literary texts will include: Mary Elizabeth Braddon, Lady Audley’s Secret; Charlotte Bronte, Villette; George Eliot, Daniel Deronda; Amy Levy, The Romance of a Shop; and Oscar Wilde, The Portrait of Dorian Gray. Enrollment is limited to 20. Dist: LIT; WCult: W


Recommended: two completed English courses.

Distributive and/or World Culture

Dist:LIT; WCult:W

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Not offered 2017-18; May be offered 2018-19

Department-Specific Course Categories

Course Group II