|The British period drama Downton Abbey has undoubtedly captivated contemporary audiences in recent years and has received admiration and devotion for its ability to transport 21st century viewers to an enchantingly unfamiliar time and place. But what was life really like for those living in England after its exit from Victorianism and entrance into full-throttle modernity? What prevailing fears, preoccupations, and expectations manifested themselves in British literature, thought and culture during the formative years of this new century? This course will spend five weeks looking at both literary productions and film representations pertaining to one of Britain’s pivotal historical transitions. We will explore how new realities such as unfamiliar technologies, war, and the dissolution of aristocratic traditions affected both the contemporary social climate and cultural future of England. Senior adult and disabled retiree tuition waivers apply.