Victorian visions

Course Dates: 21/04/21 - 07/07/21
Time: 18:00 - 19:30
Location: Online
“It was the best of times…it was the worst of times”
How did the Victorians see the world? They lived through one of the most dramatic periods in our history – and their literature reflects that. Victorian Visions looks at a wide variety of themes in Victorian culture: from the city to the home, from dreams to nightmares, from faith to doubt, from moralism to decadence, from ideology to empire.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Course Code: HLT121

Full Wed, eve, 21 Apr - 07 Jul '21

Duration: 11 sessions (over 12 weeks)

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What is the course about?

We’ll be reading work by Charles Darwin, Tennyson, Dickens, Robert Browning, Matthew Arnold, Christina Rosetti, Robert Louis Stevenson, and HG Wells among others - and looking at how Victorian writers and painters expressed the hopes and fears of this extraordinary time.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

The explosion of the cities, the obsession with the home, the passion for the medieval, the bombshell of Darwinism, the crisis of Faith and Doubt, the rebellion of women, the might of Empire and the rise of decadence, among others.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

Relate what we have read to other works of Victorian culture
Feel confident to read more widely in this area.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

Each week we’ll read and discuss two or three works (poems, extracts, pictures) on a common theme.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

The course is an interactive mixture of tutor exposition and class discussion. Videos and clips will also be shown and discussed. You will asked to read the texts before the class.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Students should buy or borrow:
The Norton Anthology of English Literature. Volume E The Victorian Age Tenth edition.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Look for other literature courses at, Culture and Writing/literature.

Julian Birkett

Julian Birkett is a teacher and writer specialising in modern literature. He previously worked in the Arts department at the BBC as a producer of series such as The Late Show, Modern Poets in their Own Words, The Victorians and The Culture Show. He has taught in London and at the University of Mumbai.He aims to create a friendly but thoughtful atmosphere in his City Lit classes and to provide a stimulating variety of activities from tutor input to discussion to group work and video clips.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.