Andersen, Carroll, Wilde, and Rossetti

Schools of Public Engagement: Humanities

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students


Summer 2021

Taught By: Margaret Boe Birns

Section: A

CRN: 2388

Credits: 3

This course examines the work of three extraordinary and original authors whose enchanting stories teach people of all ages much about life, the imagination, and the mysteries of the human heart. Employing a double articulation that reaches both child and adult, these authors wrote fantasies that, like dreams, take us beyond the conventional idiom of ordinary reality into worlds of wonder and that allow us to explore deep-rooted wishes, needs, and fears. We examine how each of these highly sensitive authors confounded the categories that license sexual normality, valued the eccentric and the singular over the conventional and the standardized, and promoted the development of social consciousness through either satire or social criticism. Each author employed fantasy in a revolutionary way, as a means of countering an overly puritanical, utilitarian mentality that tended to be deeply suspicious of the imagination; and, because all wonder tales depend on the experience of the miraculous, their stories are a vehicle for spiritual exploration as well. We read a selection of innovative tales by Hans Christian Andersen, Lewis Carroll’s brilliant Alice in Wonderland, and Oscar Wilde’s strange and beautiful fairy tales as well as his ambiguous morality tale The Picture of Dorian Gray.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Humanities (NHUM)

Campus: Online (DL)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 20

Add/Drop Deadline: June 11, 2021 (Friday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: July 23, 2021 (Friday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 7:25pm 10/22/2021 EDT

Meeting Info:

Building: Online Course

Date Range: 6/7/2021 - 8/6/2021