What I Hope to Learn

            What I have read of Victorian Literature is only two novels, Wuthering Heights and Tess of the D’Urbervilles. This being said, there’s a lot I’d like to learn about Victorian Literature, particularly how male and female authors of the time doffer in writing styles and/or subjects, if they do differ at all. Since we read both Charles Dickens and Emily Bronte in this course, I hopefully will begin to understand how gender roles and stereotypes potentially effected the writers of the Victorian period.

Since my knowledge of. Victorian literature is limited, it’s difficult to know what I want to learn specifically. However, I am always interested in how race is or isn’t included in a piece of literature. For example, in Wuthering Heights, Heathcliff is described as being “dark” and “black” and the negative diction surrounding descriptions of his skin may be indicative of a general sentiment of many Victorian people. So, I’m very excited to see if anything like this comes up.

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