- Code ENGL2061
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject English
- Areas of interest English
- Academic career UGRD
- Mode of delivery In Person
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.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
By the end of the course students will:
- Be able to analyse, discuss and write critically about the use of supernatural and gothic tropes and their significance in a range of Victorian texts.
- Be familiar with the work of a range of Victorian writers, both canonical and less well-known, and with a range of genres inlcuding the novel, short story and poetry.
- Be able to position Victorian literature in relation to a range of contexts including Victorian anxieties about modernity, madness, sexual transgression and disease.
- Be able to identify and discuss theoretical discourses concerning class, sexuality, gender and colonialism as these illuminate a range of Victorian texts.
- Have developed skills in reading carefully with attention to detail and to the ways in which texts are constructed.
One 2000 word essay (40%) [LO 1, 2, 3,4 and 5]
One 2500 word essay (50%) [LO 1, 2, 3,4 and 5]
Tutorial Participation (10%) [LO 1, 2, 3,4 and 5]
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WorkloadOne lecture (1.5 hours), one tutorial (1 hour) and 7.5 hours of associated reading/study time per week.
Requisite and Incompatibility
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)
Henry James, 'The Turn of the Screw' in The Turn of the Screw and Other Stories (short story)
There will also be a reading brick on Wattle containing critical material.
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