The 1840s

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Course Information

Nr. Kursbezeichnung Typ Zeit Raum DozentIn
154526 The 1840s 2 HS Mo 12:15 – 13:45 R. 3.205 Piskurek

Course Description

Raymond Williams called the 1840s the "most fascinating" decade in British history. He has a point, because this decade is so full of events, developments, debates and innovations which transformed the United Kingdom that one does not know where to begin. This is the railway age with all its technological, economic and cultural implications; this is the age of Chartism in which the social classes in Great Britain start to re-conceptualise their position vis-à-vis each other; this is the decade in which the worst Irish potato famine begins, which affects all parts of the kingdom; this decade sees the rise of the music hall, fierce debates over a 'national' style in architecture, and it is a decade with an unprecedented output in literature: Dickens, the Brontë sisters, Thackeray, Gaskell etc.

In this seminar, we will approach the 1840s by reading and discussing historical documents, novels, poems, buildings, paintings, songs, in order to get a broad understanding for how this decade shaped the Victorian Age.

Course Requirements

Course requirements will be discussed in the first session.


Lehramtsstudiengänge: MA BML 2005:
  • 1301, 1302
LPO 2003:
  • GHR: 5c
  • GyGe: 6a, 6b
  • SP1. Fach: 5c
  • SP2. Fach: 4b
  • BK: 6a, 6b
LPO 1994/2000:
  • B3, E1
LABG 2009:
  • G: 703, 704
  • HRG: 601, 1001
  • GyGe/BK: 601, 1001
  • SP: 703
Angewandte Sprachwissenschaften/

Angewandte Literatur-/Kulturwissenschaften:

  • B.A.ALK: Kern 6bc, 7ab, Komp 3bc, 4a
  • B.A.AS: Kern 6bc, Komp 4a
  • M.A.ALK: 1b
  • M.A.AS: 2ab