Victorian Age & Literature

Reading in the Victorian Age
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Reading in the Victorian Age

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What do you think you know about the Victorian Age?

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The Victorian Age (1837-1901)
The Woman Question
The Serial Novel

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Lower Class
Middle Class
Upper Class

Few of them could read, write or even count

They worked 10 to 12 hours a day

Had servants

They had money and spare time to spend on reading

They donated libraries to their home town to show their wealth

Both males and females speak several languages

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Children's Literature
* New
 * Lewis Carroll - Alice in Wonderland
* Beatrix Potter - The Tale of Peter Rabbit

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                                                                                          Charles Dickens:
                                                                                            The Christmas Carol
                                                                                        Oliver Twist

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The Detective Novel
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - Sherlock Holmes

Next slide: What made the Detective Novel so popular? 
True or false.....

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The detective characters were popular on television
were almost always in the shape of short stories
Men started to read more
The readers loved suspense, thriller and mystery
People had gaslights, so they could read after dark
The installments are cheap to print

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The Gothic Novel
Characteristics of the Gothic Novel:
  • Death and decay
  • Dark and mysterious atmosphere
  • Supernatural
  • Insanity

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Gaslight: to read at night
Science became accessible to all readers.
Female Authors
At the start of the Victorian Age females wrote under a male pseudonym, later they published under their own name.
Jack the Ripper: a real life gothic story! Newspapers were sold out with the Jack the Ripper stories. The unidentified and unknown serial killer raped and mutilated prostitutes in the City of London. 
Reforms Acts
Queen Victoria passed new laws to ensure children learned to read and write. This, together with public libraries, made knowledge accessible

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Poetry: The Chimney Sweep

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The Chimney Sweep
Children were used to sweep chimneys, due to their small stature. 

Usually orphans and children from poor families were recruited for this task. 

These children would not bathe often, sooth would get everywhere from their clothes to their lungs. There were many dangers of getting stuck or burned. 

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William Blake's Poems
The Chimney Sweeper are two poems written by William Blake that address these issues. The first published in a volume called Songs of Innocence.
A few years after he published a second poem with the same title. This time in a volume called Songs of Innocence and Experience. The experience portion of the book tends to be darker than the first ones. 

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Work on
Read both poems (studiewijzer -> Literature)
Answer the questions about them (B & D).
We'll discuss the answers the second hour. 

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