Patterns and Outliers

In everyday life, I like studying patterns. Maybe it’s because I’m a nosy person, but I find that noticing and analyzing patterns allows one to uncover facts and draw conclusions about things that people generally leave unexplained or unspoken (for example, if an classmate of mine is absent for two consecutive days, the conclusion I would draw is that they’re either ill or on vacation). Outliers are interesting, too; if I come home and find that the kitchen counter is cleaner than it was previously and the paper towel roll is gone, then I’d assume one of my housemates spilled something and cleaned. Therefore, what I’d like to learn the most in this course is patterns in Victorian literature: what classifies Victorian literature as Victorian? What are some common themes evident in Victorian texts? What makes it unique from other literature?

Perhaps the thing I’m curious about the most is why this era is considered unique: what was it about Queen Victoria’s rise to power and rule that influenced literature significantly enough to the point that literary historians isolated this time period as a literature period?

By learning this, I hope to gain a broader knowledge of literature and Victorian literature as a whole. I also want to be able to form connections between Victorian era literature and other literature periods. I’m also excited to be re-reading Bronte’s Wuthering Heights. I’m curious to see how studying Wuthering Heights in this course will be different/similar to how I studied it in my freshman year INTD 105 course.

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