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EN2309 Literature of the Fin de Siècle, 1883-1903: Degeneration, Decadence, Empire

Summer Reading List 2017-18

Course Tutor: Professor Anne Varty

Room IN211, a.varty@rhul.ac.uk

Primary Texts

The primary texts are listed in the order in which we will read them. Where stated, handouts will be provided during the course.

H.G. Wells, The Time Machine (1895)

Robert Louis Stevenson, The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (1886)

Bram Stoker, Dracula (1897) 

Charles Baudelaire, The Flowers of Evil [Les Fleurs du Mal] (1861), handout
Joris-Karl Huysmans, Against Nature / Against the Grain [A Rebours] (1884)

Essays by Walter Pater and Algernon Charles Swinburne, including extracts from Pater’s Studies in the History of the Renaissance (1873): Preface, ‘Leonardo da Vinci’, ‘The School of Giorgione’, and the Conclusion (handouts provided). 

Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray (1891) and The Importance of Being Earnest (1895)

Oscar Wilde, ‘The Soul of Man under Socialism’ (1891 essay); William Morris, Handouts from Selected Essays, poems,and News from Nowhere (1891)

Henry James, The Turn of the Screw (1898)
Charlotte Perkins Gilman, The Yellow Wallpaper (1899)

George Egerton, Keynotes (1893); Kate Chopin, The Awakening (1899)

H. Rider Haggard, She (1887)



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