The Victorian Age
In this unit, students will observe common tendencies, contradictions, outliers, and subtleties of nineteenth-century romantic literature, including the Victorian, Gothic, and Edwardian periods. Students explore both form and meaning in the literary works and consider historical context. Through close readings of selected texts, students examine how subtle narrative and stylistic details contribute to the meaning of the whole. They consider how certain poems of this unit can be simultaneously intimate and reflective of a larger civilization. Moral conflicts and subtle psychological portrayals of characters are other areas of focus; students consider how novels of the nineteenth century develop character and how their conflicts are both universal and bound by culture. In their essays, students will continue to strive for precision and clarity, paying close attention to the nuances of words.