Mary Mullen

  • Assistant Professor, English
  • Villanova University
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Villanova, English 8560: Iron Cages and Imperial Prudes, Rethinking Victorian Modernity

Victorians are the first moderns and the first prudes.  We are drawn to the Victorian period because of its modernity—Victorians faced similar social problems and inhabited similar institutions as ourselves—but we also often actively distance ourselves from Victorian culture and the “image of the imperial prude” it implies (Michel Foucault).  Challenging a narrow definition of modernity as a historical period or condition, this course will familiarize students with ongoing debates in Foucauldian, postcolonial, Marxist, and queer theory to consider modernity as an attitude, a relationship, an imperial category. 

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