Victorian England was rife with forms of quarantine, isolation, and constraint—both physical and spatial boundaries and various forms of social control. The darker side of isolation? Institutionalization of the “mad”; racist “theories” of eugenics; venereal disease law that allowed for detention and examination of prostitutes, and more.Together we’ll read works like Anne Brontë’s Tenant of Wildfell Hall, Wilkie Collins’s The Law and the Lady, Oscar Wilde’s Picture of Dorian Grey, the memoir of nurse Mary Secole, and the poetry of Bengali writer and translator Toru Dutt to explore how Victorian literature responded to various Victorian quarantines.
Investigates various forms of the marvelous as they appeared throughout the Middle Ages. While we certainly deal with dragons, griffins, and lion-headed men, we also deal with marvelous encounters that are more intimate: the ways in which the category of the monstrous was used to define women as opposed to men; the miraculous visions and powers of saints; the interactions between the living and the dead in both "real life" and in dreams.
This course focuses on literary works from contemporary India to explore such topics as the emergence of English language writing in India, the formation of a postcolonial nation, shifting borders and boundaries, questions of socio-economic inequities, and globalization. We will study the history of English fiction in India within the context of political and social history and pay particular attention to questions of gender, religion, caste and class.
Writing effective fiction is about more than developing stories: It’s about creating a proxy for life. The challenge is, life slips around; it’s not easy to pin down. Becoming a fiction writer, then, means learning to encounter the ways that life contradicts itself. Moreover, it means learning to consider your audience carefully, as stories work best when both reader and writer can agree on a particular imagined view of the world.