• Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject English
  • Areas of interest Literature

How does one speak the unspeakable? In the nineteenth century, writers and readers often turned to ghosts, monsters, vampires and other supernatural tropes to express and explore cultural anxieties, particularly those that remained in the shadows and at the margins of dominant discourses. In this course we will read a variety of Victorian gothic and supernatural texts in the context of nineteenth century anxieties and discourses about sexual transgression, gender roles, disease, madness, spriritualism, the experience of modernity and the problem of the body. We will read a range of literary forms including novels, novellas, short stories and poetry, and both canonical and non-canonical texts, enabling us to understand the breadth of the Victorian writers' achievement in the literary field, and the way that Victorian literature both participated in and emerged from debates in other cultural discourses such as medicine, psychology, sociology and philosophy.

Learning Outcomes

Upon Successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Analyse, discuss and write critically about the use of supernatural and gothic tropes and their significance in a range of Victorian texts.
  2. Analyse the work of a range of Victorian writers, both canonical and less well-known, and with a range of genres including the novel, short story and poetry.
  3. Understand a range of Victorian literature in relation to a range of contexts including Victorian anxieties about modernity, madness, sexual transgression and disease.
  4. Identify and discuss theoretical discourses concerning class, sexuality, gender and colonialism as these illuminate a range of Victorian texts.
  5. Read carefully with attention to detail and to the ways in which texts are constructed, and demonstrate this skill in their writing.
  6. Understand and successfully deploy a range of terms and concepts integral to literary studies.

Indicative Assessment

One 2,000 word essay (30%) [LO 1, 2, 3, 4, 5]

One 2,500 word essay (40%).%).[LO 1, 2, 3, 4, 5]

One 1,000 word critical analysis (20%) [LO 5]

Tutorial participation (10%) [LO 1, 2, 3, 4, 5]

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Workload

130 hours across the semester, comprised of 1 x 1.5 hour lecture and 1 x 1 hour tutorial, and 7.5 hours of associated reading/study time per week.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a Masters level program. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed ENGL2061.

Preliminary Reading

Dickens, A Christmas Carol


Indicative Reading List

Prescribed texts may include:

Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights (novel)

Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol (novella)

A selection of poetry by Christina Rosetti (available on Wattle)

A selection of short stories by Elizabeth Gaskell, Dinah Mulock and Catherine Crowe (available on Wattle)

Mary Braddon, Lady Audley's Secret (novel)

Vernon Lee, Hauntings and Other Tales. (two short stories)

Sheridan LeFanu, 'In a Glass Darkly' and 'Carmilla' (short stories)

John Meade Falkner, The Lost Stradivarius (novella)

R.L. Stevenson, The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

Sarah Waters, Affinity (novel)

There will also be a reading brick on Wattle containing critical material.

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

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Student Contribution Band:
Band 1
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $3054
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $4368
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
9400 24 Jul 2017 31 Jul 2017 31 Aug 2017 27 Oct 2017 In Person

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