Reading Victorian Literature - EN672

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2019-20
Canterbury Spring
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5 30 (15) DR M Shaw

Pre-requisites

None

Restrictions

Not available as wild

2019-20

Overview

This module aims to introduce students to a wide range of Victorian literature. It will equip students with critical ideas that will help them become more skilful and confident readers of texts in and beyond this period. Students will be encouraged to read texts in a number of contexts: environmental (for example, considering the effects of urbanisation and the Industrial Revolution); imaginative (examining a variety of genres: for example fable, dream-vision, novel); political (class conflicts, changing gender roles, ideas of nation and empire); and psychological (representations of growing up, courtship, sibling and parent-child relationships, dreams and madness). Students will be made aware of such critical concepts as realism and allegory and will be encouraged to think about various developments of literary form in the period .

Details

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Contact hours

Total contact hours: 30
Private study hours: 270
Total study hours: 300

Method of assessment

50% coursework, 50% examination.2,500 word close reading assignment (40%), 2,500 word essay (40%), seminar performance (20%);

Two Essays (2,500 words each) (40%)
Seminar participation (10%)
Exam 3 hours (50%)

Indicative reading

Dickens, C. (2008) Oliver Twist. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Browning, R. (2006). 'Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came.' In S. Greenblatt, et al (Eds.), The Norton Anthology of English Literature: The Victorian Age. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, Inc.
Tennyson, A. (1855). 'Maud.' (in module reader)
Rossetti, C. (2006). ‘Goblin Market’. In S. Greenblatt, et al (Eds.), The Norton Anthology of English Literature: The Victorian Age. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, Inc.
Eliot, G (2008). Middlemarch. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Stevenson, R. L. (2006). ‘Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’. In S. Greenblatt, et al (Eds.), The Norton Anthology of English Literature: The Victorian Age. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, Inc.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1• Demonstrate an informed understanding of the English literature of the Victorian period across a number of genres and sub-genres.
2• Demonstrate knowledge of some of the major literary, cultural and historical issues that mattered to the writers of the period.
3• Demonstrate awareness of some recent developments in the critical understanding of literature in the Victorian period.
4• Demonstrate a developing sense of the different forms of writing in this period and a growing capacity to analyse them critically.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate application of the skills needed for academic study and inquiry
2. Synthesise information from a number of sources in order to gain a coherent understanding of texts and contexts; ability to synthesise material from a number of sources in a coherent creative whole
3. Frame oral criticism of diverse sources sensitively and incisively
4. Develop powers of communication and the capacity to make a case, in spoken and written form, with clarity, organisation and conviction
5. Demonstrate enhanced confidence in the presentation of ideas designed to stimulate critical debate
6. Understand, interrogate and pursue a variety of theoretical insights and weigh the importance of alternative perspectives

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