- Code ENGL3036
- Unit Value 6 units
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, spiritualism, 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:Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Analyse, discuss and write critically about the use of supernatural and gothic tropes and their significance in a range of Victorian texts.
- identify the work of a range of Victorian writers, both canonical and less well-known, and a range of genres including the novel, short story and poetry.
- Position Victorian literature in relation to a range of contexts including Victorian anxieties about modernity, madness, sexual transgression and disease.
- Identify and discuss theoretical discourses concerning class, sexuality, gender and colonialism as these illuminate a range of Victorian texts.
- Read carefully with attention to detail and to the ways in which texts are constructed.
Indicative AssessmentOne 2000 word essay (40%) [LO 1, 2, 3,4]
One 2500 word essay (50%) [LO 1, 2, 3,4]
Tutorial Participation (10%) [LO 1, 2, 3,4]
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WorkloadOne lecture (1.5 hours) and one tutorial (1 hour) per week for 13 weeks. Students are expected to commit a further 7.5 hours of independent study per teaching week over the semester (total 130 hours).
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|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|9394||24 Jul 2017||31 Jul 2017||31 Aug 2017||27 Oct 2017||In Person||N/A|