Reading is one of my favorite pastimes. However, I don’t usually find myself picking up a book within the Victorian literature genre; this isn’t because I don’t think they’d be good reads, but because I currently have limited knowledge of the time period. As a result, I would like to be able to educate myself more on the Victorian era and on the background of the authors of these works. Along with that, I hope that after this class I’ll be more inclined to challenge myself and read works within a genre that I normally wouldn’t pick out for myself, as well. Overall, I’d love to learn more about what ties all these pieces of literature together. For example, what stylistic choices were made by the authors of the time? Are there recurring themes presented between the different authors? What examples of literary devices were used the most during this period? I find these questions to be really interesting to analyze because they can reveal a lot about what was occurring at the time.