What I hope to learn about Victorian literature

Truthfully, I know nothing about Victorian Literature. However, prior to registering for this course, I did just a little bit of research. I have come to learn that this literature came before a time of romanticism and was followed by a time of realism. As I didn’t learn much from my few google searches, I would first really like to dig into what Victorian literature really is. Why is it classified as Victorian literature? It it just the time period it was written in that allows it to fall under this category? Or, is it the themes portrayed or style of writing? I would love to learn about the connection between Victorian Literature and what exactly about it led to a time of realism. Additionally, what changed in the time of romanticism to bring about this specific type of literature? It would be interesting to explore the hard work and perseverance characteristics, that google also informed me were typical of this era, and see how things have evolved in comparison to modern day. Lastly, what did Queen Victoria do that she had an entire era of literature named after her?

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