|Semester and Year||SP 2014|
|Time||3:30 PM - 6:10 PM|
During the Victorian era, the social construction of childhood developed in ways that continue to influence us today. Victoria was 18 on her ascension to the English throne, and during much of her reign more than a third of the population was 15 or younger. Victorians were fascinated by childhood, and many contemporary readers recognize Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland , and other works from what would become the “golden age” of literature written especially for children, along with novelist Charles Dickens’s depictions of Pip, Little Nell, Oliver Twist and Tiny Tim. Differences in class, gender, location, and generation created not one but multiple Victorian childhoods, so we will study depictions of boys and girls of every class, from the beginning to the end of the era, in various disciplines and literary genres. Readings may include poems by Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Christina Rossetti, and Edward Lear; Carroll’s and Dickens’s above-mentioned works, selections from the novels Jane Eyre (Charlotte Brontë), Mary Barton (Elizabeth Gaskell), and Kim (Rudyard Kipling); selections from John Stuart Mill’s Autobiography ; Friedrich Engels’ The Condition of the Working Class in England , journalist Henry Mayhew’s London Labour and the London Poor , Edward Said’s postcolonial criticism; and Phillipe Aries’ Centuries of Childhood .
Interdisciplinary Seminars (IDSEM-UG)