ENGL 2042 - Icons of Decadence

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2015

This course examines a number of novels, short stories and poems published in the period 1880-1910, many of which have had a continuing life in popular culture. Students will have an opportunity to explore these texts in their historical and social contexts, including the important concept of 'decadence,' aestheticism, sexualities, the emergence of psychoanalysis, and 'moral panics' about gender roles, immigration, and disease. There will be opportunities to consider the reasons for the continuing influence and popularity of these texts.

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