For your assignment, you are asked to make an argument about Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde within its larger Victorian context. To do this, you will look at the novella in terms of Victorian concerns regarding evolution, degeneration, class, and maintaining respectability.
In order to find sources on these topics in the Library's databases, you will have to come up with search terms that represent these ideas. When you search a library database for say, degeneration, the results you get are not about degeneration. Because of this, you will have to try more than one search using different keywords. I've included some possible keywords below that you can use while searching.
Keep in mind that you will not always get the results you need. Be persistent and flexible. Keep trying and if you need help reach out to us at the Library. Librarians are available to assist you online (Monday-Thursday 8:00am - 8:00pm and Friday 8:00am-4:00pm). You can contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Degeneration / degenerate||Social corruption||Hereditary / Hereditary taint|
|Benedict Morel||Atavism / atavist||Inheritance|
|Max Nordau||Primitive / savage||Scientific racism|
|Emile Zola||Deviance / decline||Devolution|
|Herbert Spencer||Decay / deterioration||Ethnicity|
|John Blumenbach||Anthropometry||Social Darwinism|
|Good||Evil / sinister||Class|
|Civilized||Degenerate / Deviant||Social status|
|Moral||Remorseless||Middle class / Bourgeoisie|
|Respectable||Barbaric / primitive / savage||Elite / upper class|
|Trustworthy||Vagrancy||Working class / proletariat|
|Sociable||Criminal||Poor / destitute / indigent|
|Vices / Self indulgent / Urges|