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Institute of Continuing Education (ICE)


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Join us for a day school devoted to the literature of the British fin-de-siècle (1880-1900). We will study three novels which reflect the dark and dangerous ideas of the times: Bram Stoker's Dracula, Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray and Robert Louis Stevenson's Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. The course will examine how the novels deal with late-Victorian anxieties about race and class, post-Darwinian fears of 'degeneration' of the species, and the illicit pleasures of breaking with conventions, social, sexual and moral.

Please read all three novels and bring a copy of each with you to class. The tutor will be using Oxford World’s Classics editions, and scholarly editions (eg. Norton, Oxford) are recommended, but any edition will do.


Unless otherwise stated, teaching and assessment for ICE courses are in English. Students whose first language is not English should refer to the Competence in the English Language Policy for further guidance.

Printable versions of our brochures are available to download from the Institute Publications page.

Course dates

18 Sep 2016

Course duration

1 day(s)

Course fee


Academic Directors, Course Directors and Tutors are subject to change, when necessary.


Institute of Continuing Education
University of Cambridge
CB23 8AQ

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