Welcome to “Virtually London”! This class uses digital humanities–the practice of using digital tools for scholarly purposes—to study London through the literature of the Victorian era (1830-1900). We will use digital archives to examine Victorian poetry alongside paintings, digitally map the paths of characters throughout London in Victorian novels, and build a digital archive of Victorian LGBTQ writers. The course will show the vibrancy and multifaceted nature of the Victorian period through an interdisciplinary approach that will appeal to those interested in English, History, Sociology, and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.
All readings except for Amy Levy’s The Romance of a Shop can be found online through the course website.