HS mit ISG The Fin de Siècle



Time and place

  • Mi 10:15-11:45, .ics

  • BA English and American Studies: Hauptmodul A (301) Literature (Zulassungsvoraussetzung: Zwischenmodul II) – HA

  • Lehramt Englisch an Gymnasien: Hauptmodul L-GYM Literature. (Zulassungsvoraussetzung: Zwischenmodul Literature) – HA (80 %)

  • MA English Studies: Core Module: Literature (module 4051, exam 40511: Written assignment (15 pages, 80%) and handout (2–3 pages, 20%))

  • MA English Studies: Master Module II: Literature (module 8360, exam 83601: Written assignment (15 pages, 80%) and handout (2–3pages, 20%))

  • MA Literaturstudien – intermedial und interkulturell: Modul 4


The ‘English |fin de siècle|’ is one of the most fascinating periods in literary history. The ‘Nineties’ – as the period is also called – were intensely characterised by social tensions, achievements in both science and technology and provocative theories of art in general and literature in particular. Since the |fin de siècle| is no isolated national phenomenon, its literature has to be interpreted against the backdrop of significant international ideas, including ‘naturalism’, (French) symbolism, and decadence. After studying the culture of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and William Morris’s ‘Arts and Crafts Movement’, we will focus on significant |fin de siècle| texts such as Oscar Wilde’s novel |The Picture of Dorian Gray|, his theoretical essays |The Critic as Artist| and |The Decay of Lying|, Walter Pater’s |Studies in the History of the Renaissance| and Arthur Symons’s |The Symbolist Movement|. We will also read and interpret selected poems of Austin Dobson, Ernest Christopher Dowson and Algernon Swinburne.

Additional information

Expected participants: 15