Victorian Gothic at the Fin-de-Siecle (Virtual)

Tuesday, October 18, 2022-Tuesday, November 22, 2022

7:00 PM-8:30 PM
Six Sessions


The registration period has closed for this event.

Course Description
Emerging in the 18th century, the Gothic responded to a need for a British national mythology distinct from classical antiquity. It offered sublime visions of halcyon days, but specters also lurked within its ancient castles and convents - standing for a set of anxieties about hidden decay that lurks in that past, and whose mark might still be felt in the present.

In the Victorian age, the Gothic was transplanted into modern urban space, its ghosts changing into fears of criminality, foreignness, and degeneration that might be hiding behind civilized veneers as metropolises such as London allowed for new mobility and mixing between classes, races, and nationalities.

Focusing on four classics of the fin-de-siècle - The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Dracula, and The Hound of the Baskervilles - this class will examine how the Gothic functions as a as a metaphor to capture intense anxieties about past and present at at the heart of a powerful empire.
Six sessions. $235/$210. Led by Dr. Anastasia Klimchynskaya

Registration Fees

Registration is $235

We offer a 10% discount to seniors, students, and members of the Newberry (Associates at the Author level and above).

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The Adult Education is available Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-5pm. Email is the best form of contact: You can also reach us by phone at 312-255-3700. Please allow 24-48 business hours for a response.