Victorian Culture and Society

Tuesday, June 11, 2013
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Tuesdays, June 11 – July 30

5:45 – 7:45 pm

Led by Frank A. Biletz

Often oversimplified in popular perceptions, the Victorian period remains fascinating for its cultural achievements, social transformations, and political tensions. This course will explore such topics as Victorian values; the “condition of England” question during an age of rapid industrialization; the role of religion, including evangelicalism and the Oxford Movement; political debates between Gladstone and Disraeli; the Victorian home; women and marriage; the controversies over Darwin’s theory of evolution; and Victorian art, architecture, and photography.

Frank A. Biletz holds a Ph.D. in history from the University of Chicago, with a primary specialization in modern British and Irish history. He has taught Newberry seminars since 1994.

Materials List
Required:
Altick, Richard. Victorian People and Ideas. W.W. Norton and Company, 1973. ISBN: 9780393093766
Mundhenk, Rosemary J. and LuAnn McCracken Fletcher. Victorian Prose: An Anthology. Columbia University Press, 1999. ISBN: 0231110278

Recommended:
Flanders, Judith. Inside the Victorian Home. W. W. Norton, 2003. ISBN: 978-0393327632

CPDU credit is available to Illinois teachers seeking recertification.

This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program.

Cost and registration information: 

Eight sessions, $190
The registration deadline has passed. To register with a $20 late fee, please call (312) 255-3700.