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Douglas Biow, Director MEZ 3.126, Mailcode A1800, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-232-3470

Philippa Levine

Professor D.Phil., 1984, Oxford University (St. Antony's College)

Professor; Mary Helen Thompson Centennial Professorship in the Humanities; Co-Director British Studies Program
Philippa Levine


  • Phone: 512-232-1236
  • Office: HRC 3.202B
  • Office Hours: Spring 2011 - M 2:15-3:15 p.m., F 1:30-2:30 p.m. & by appt.
  • Campus Mail Code: B7000

EUS 346 • World Of The Victorians

36945 • Spring 2014
Meets MW 330pm-500pm UTC 3.112
(also listed as HIS 362G )
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Britain in the Victorian age has been subject to a great deal of myth-making. It is often seen as a prudish age in which women were kept in the home and children were seen and not heard. This course will offer a more realistic view of the period, as well as exploring how such visions of the Victorian era came about in the twentieth century.

The course is intended to introduce students to the main contours of social and cultural British history both in Britain and in its burgeoning empire. It will examine the paradoxes and contradictions that characterize late eighteenth and nineteenth-century British society, and explore what the idea of “being British” might be said to mean at this time. ‘The World of the Victorians’ offers a broad survey of Victorian social and cultural history, and will include such topics as religion, sexuality, gender, class, family life, the countryside and the city, science and society, and much more.


The readings will largely consist of primary source materials, mostly available online.


Grading will be on the following basis, and will include +/- grades:three assignments/exams, weighted equally:

Paper on Class Readings – summarise, contextualise and analyse a selected primary reading

Mid-Term Exam

Final Exam – cumulative

EUS 346 • England In The 20th Century

36495 • Spring 2011
Meets MW 330pm-500pm UTC 3.132
(also listed as HIS 362G )
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This class will consider the course of British history over the twentieth century, a time in which Britain moved from considerable authority in the world to a much reduced status, politically and economically most especially. Since so much of Britain’s power derived from its extensive imperial possessions, the British Empire is as central to this course as are considerations of domestic British history. Alongside this global decline, however, the twentieth century saw dynamic change in British society: in the mid-century years, Britain was transformed into a multi-racial and multi-ethnic society. It shaped one of the dominant welfare states of the century and dominated popular culture for at least a decade before reverting back to a deep conservatism in the 1980s under the long leadership of Margaret Thatcher.


Text: Peter Clarke, Hope and Glory: Britain 1900-2000 (Penguin, 2008: 2nd edition

There will also be primary source materials, and these will be available online


Grading will be on the following basis, and will include +/- grades:


  • Three assignments/exams, weighted equally:
  • Paper on Class Readings – summarize, contextualize and analyze a selected primary reading
  • Mid-Term Exam
  • Research Paper





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