Section 1: Monday 6:30-9:10 PM

Professor: Joyce Huff

This course will examine Victorian consuming practices in both the literal and figurative senses. Throughout the Victorian period, the management of desire in all of its forms was seen as a continual problem. Consuming practices were ritualized, regulated, and compelled in a variety of ways. In this course, we will investigate Victorian eating practices, from the complex etiquette of upper-class dining to the budget recipes of the middle-classes to the problematizing political rhetoric surrounding working-class hunger; we will look at the policing of sexual appetites, including prescribed and prohibited sexual and gender identities; and we will explore Victorian consumerism in forms such as collecting, wearing mourning jewelry, and novel reading.

Possible works for study include David Copperfield, Lady Audley’s Secret, The Woman in White, Mary Barton, Dracula, Picture of Dorian Gray, and various poems and nonfiction writings of the period. Assignments will include a seminar paper, a short essay, presentations, and participation in class and online.