Mar 30, 2023  
Course Catalog 2021-2022 
Course Catalog 2021-2022 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

ENG 236 - Sex, God, and the Victorians

This course examines a fundamental tension in Victorian culture: its strong sense of morality and religion, on the one hand, and, on the other hand, its perpetual fascination with the illicit, sensual, and sexual. Through our readings of works such as Stoker’s Dracula, Hardy’s Jude the Obscure, Brontë’s Villete, and the bizarre Gothic novel, The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner, we consider the ways that Victorian propriety and religion worked not only to regulate sexual desire and gender norms, but also to facilitate new ways of talking about and conceiving of gender, sex, and love.

ENG 101  or AP English credit

Credits 1

Cross-listed with WGS 237  


Arts and Humanities

Compass Attributes
Global Honors, Humanities, Structure/Power/Inequality