Literature: Jekyll and Hyde and other Fin de Siècle Fears

Ref: C3532605

The end of the nineteenth century saw an evolution in the development of the gothic genre, with the site of the human mind becoming a more significant source of mystery and fear. This course will explore three novellas from this period, each of which have had a lasting legacy in popular culture. We will read R.L. Stevenson’s novella The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (1886), Oscar Wilde The Picture of Dorian Gray (1891) and Henry James The Turn of the Screw (1898). We will explore Fin de Siècle anxieties related to sexuality, the conflict between science and the supernatural, and what may lay beneath a civilized Victorian society.

Course aim

To explore three classic gothic texts from the late nineteenth century.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Approach literary texts in a critical way.
  • Consider the development of the gothic genre in the late nineteenth century.
  • Discuss the importance of social and historical context in the three set texts.
  • Consider Fin de Siècle anxieties related to sexuality, the conflict between science and the supernatural.
  • Participate in group discussion.

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

We will be reading 'The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde' by R. L. Stevenson, 'The Picture of Dorian Gray' by Oscar Wilde and 'The Turn of the Screw' by Henry James. You may wish to begin your reading of these before the course starts.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

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Literature: Jekyll and Hyde and other Fin de Siècle Fears

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