• Class Number 4112
  • Term Code 2930
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Ian Higgins
    • Dr Ian Higgins
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 25/02/2019
  • Class End Date 31/05/2019
  • Census Date 31/03/2019
  • Last Date to Enrol 04/03/2019
SELT Survey Results

This course spans an historical era of enormous range and significance: from the French Revolution in 1789 to the mid-twentieth century; from Romanticism to Modernism and after. This is a vast literary-historical panorama, and yet there are many discernible, essential and vital continuities between the writers and texts on this course. These major writers and especially challenging texts have been amongst the most influential of all in setting the agenda for modern literary practice in our language, as well as for modern conceptions and theories of literature. Writers studied will include Wordsworth, Byron, Yeats, Eliot and Joyce.

Learning Outcomes

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:
  1. Apply knowledge of the historical and cultural contexts of the literature of the Romantic, Victorian and Modernist eras to some major authors, works and genres.
  2. Identify key elements that are distinctive to literary achievement of writers in the Romantic, Victorian and Modernist periods of British literary history.
  3. Reflect and write analytically about the literary works and their contexts.
  4. Develop their own skills of literary critical analysis.

Required Resources

The Norton Anthology of English Literature, Volume 2, Tenth Edition, gen.ed. Stephen Greenblatt. This anthology can be purchased in a package of three volumes: Volume D (The Romantic Period); Volume E (The Victorian Age); Volume F (The Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries).


The Norton Anthology of English Literature, Volumes D, E, F, Tenth edition, contains the ‘set texts’, the literary works covered in the lectures and tutorials.


The prescribed textbook package is available from the Bookshop on campus.

There is a vast archive of critical commentary on the authors and works on this course. You are strongly advised to re-read the set primary works before consulting secondary material. The Norton Anthology of English Literature contains an Appendix of suggested General Readings, a guide to Reference works (which would enable you to find out what has been written on the set authors), and a guide to the literary criticism and theory for this period. The Norton Anthology also contains a useful appendix on literary terminology. Bibliographies for the authors in the Norton Anthology are available online in the Supplemental Ebook made available by the publisher to users of the print anthology.

Online Databases

For published scholarly research the following online databases offer comprehensive listings of books and articles:

MLA International Bibliography: Language and Literature

Annual Bibliography of English Language and Literature 1920-

The Year’s Work in English Studies

Important resources for language and biography include:

The Oxford English Dictionary available online at http://www.oed.com

The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography available online at www.oxforddnb.com

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • summary verbal feedback on Task 1 to the whole class in lectures and tutorials
  • written comments on essays submitted on time for Task 1 and Task 2

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Other Information

Referencing requirements

You must reference all sources, whether quoted directly or used indirectly as a source of information or ideas. References should follow the guidelines below:


  • If they do not exceed two or three lines, quotations should appear in the text in inverted commas, ‘like this’.
  • If quotations are longer, they should be set apart from the main text (skip a line), without inverted commas, indented and single spaced.
  • Deletions from quotations should be indicated by three full stops … and additions by yourself should be enclosed in square brackets [thus].
  • For quotations within quotations use double inverted commas.
  • All quotations from books should be followed by a reference; for poems: section and /or line reference ‘(line 26)’; for plays: act, scene, and line number, e.g. (2.3.45-48); for novels and other prose works by page number, e.g. (p. 45) or (pp. 45-50)
  • Quotations from poems or dramatic verse should preserve the verse structure by replicating it as in the text or by using a forward slash (/) and capital letter to signify a new line

Titles of works referred to:

a) Titles of books, plays and films, long poems, and periodicals should be italicized.

b) Titles of chapters, articles, essays, short stories and short poems in collections or periodicals should be in ‘inverted commas’

Citation of sources

Sources must be correctly cited, both primary and secondary works. It is also recommended that you cite your lecturer if you are drawing an idea directly from a lecture: (Lecturer’s surname, Lecture, date). This promotes independent argument as you develop or challenge ideas put forward in lectures

You are welcome to use in-text citation or footnotes. Simply ensure that whichever system you use is clear, consistent and provides sufficient information for the reader to find the sources of the reference.

On matters of style and presentation see: The MHRA Style Guide: A Handbook for Authors, Editors and Writers of Theses (London: Modern Humanities Research Association). It can be accessed at www.mhra.org.uk

A useful summary of the Footnote/Bibliography or Oxford referencing system is available here: http://www.lc.unsw.edu.au/onlib/refbib.html

A useful summary of the in-text (MLA) system of referencing is available here:



Append a bibliography to your essay listing primary and secondary sources used in writing your essay. For an example of one system of listing books and articles etc.:

Citing a book: Last name, First name, Title (city or place of publication: publisher, date of publication). Example: McCloud, Scott, Understanding Comics (New York: Harper, 1994).

Citing a chapter or article in a book: Author Last name, First name, ‘Chapter/Article Title’, in Editor First name Last name, ed., Book title (place of publication: publisher, date of publication), page numbers. Example: Crawford, Chris, ‘Interactive Storytelling’, in Mark J. P. Wolf and Bernard Perron, eds., The Video Game Theory Reader (New York: Routledge, 2003), pp. 259-74.

Citing a journal article: Last name, First name, ‘Article title’, Journal Title, volume number, issue number (year of publication), page numbers. Example: Giroux, Henry A, ‘Neoliberalism and the Disappearance of the Social in Ghost World’, Third Text, 17, no. 2 (2003), 151-61

Citing a magazine/newspaper/journal article from an online source: Author Last name, First name, ‘Article Title’, Publication Title or Name of Website. Day month year of publication/posting. Exact URL of content (not the main webpage). Accessed: date you accessed the article. Example: Doane, Rex, ‘A Conversation with Terry Zwigoff and Daniel Clowes’, Salon.com. 27 July 2001. http://dir.salon.com/people/conv/2001/07/27/zwigoff_clowes/index.html?pn=1 Accessed 30 June 2005.

Citing a film: Film Title. Dir. Director’s first name last name. Distributor or production company, year of release. Example: On Our Selection. Dir. Ken G. Hall. Cinesound, 1932

General guidelines for writing essays:

  • Try to find a question or topic that interests you
  • Present a coherent argument addressed to the question or focused on the topic
  • Support all claims with evidence and argument
  • Read widely, inform yourself about the field or topic of enquiry, but don’t simply parrot the views expressed in published sources
  • Be selective in the material that you use. Don’t just cram everything into an essay
  • The main argument should reflect your own ideas, but draw on or respond to other arguments or sources of information where relevant

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Lecture: Romanticism to modernism and after Tutorial: none
2 Lecture: Reading Romantic poetry. Poems from ‘The Big Six’: Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron, Shelley, Keats Tutorial: Blake, from Songs of Innocence and of Experience, especially ‘The Chimney Sweeper’, ‘The Sick Rose’, ‘The Tyger’, ‘London’; Wordsworth: ‘Tintern Abbey’, ‘The Solitary Reaper’; Coleridge: ‘Kubla Khan’; Byron, from Don Juan; Shelley, ‘Ode to the West Wind’; Keats ‘To Autumn’
3 Lecture: Reading Romantic poetry. Poems from ‘The Big Six’ Tutorial: continued from previous week
4 Lecture: Reading Romantic prose: Thomas De Quincey’s Confessions of an English Opium-Eater Tutorial: Confessions of an English Opium-Eater
5 Lecture: Victorian women writers (Guest lecturer: Dr Kate Mitchell). Tutorial: Victorian poetry: Christina Rossetti, Norton Anthology vol. E, tenth edition, pp. 535-558, esp. ‘Goblin Market’. See also the Norton Tenth edition section on “The Woman Question”
6 Lecture: Victorian prose: Robert Louis Stevenson, The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (Guest lecturer: Dr Kate Mitchell) Tutorial: Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde First essay due Monday 8 April
7 Lecture: Victorian and late Victorian poetry: Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Matthew Arnold, Gerard Manley Hopkins, and Rudyard Kipling. Poems discussed include: Tennyson, ‘Ulysses’, ‘The Lotos-Eaters’; Arnold, ‘The Scholar Gypsy’, ‘Dover Beach’; Hopkins, ‘God’s Grandeur’, ‘The Windhover’; Kipling, ‘Recessional’, ‘The White Man’s Burden’ Tutorial: set poems
8 Lecture: Oscar Wilde and Decadence: The Importance of Being Earnest; ‘The Critic as Artist’ Tutorial: The Importance of Being Earnest; ‘The Critic as Artist’
9 Lecture: Modernist poetry: T. S. Eliot, The Waste Land and other poems Tutorial: ‘The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock’; The Waste Land
10 Lecture: Irish modernism: W. B. Yeats, poems; James Joyce, Dubliners Tutorial: Yeats, ‘Easter, 1916’, ‘The Wild Swans at Coole’, ‘The Second Coming’, ‘The Circus Animals’ Desertion’; Joyce, ‘Araby’, ‘The Dead’
11 Lecture: Modernist, neo-Romantic, anti-Modernist poetry: W.H. Auden, Dylan Thomas, Philip Larkin Tutorial: Auden, Norton Anthology, tenth edition, pp. 807-827; Thomas, pp. 827-833; Larkin, pp. 923-931
12 Lecture: Conclusion Tutorial: 20th century poetry continued Second essay due Monday 3 June

Tutorial Registration

Wattle site

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Essay 1 50 % 08/04/2019 29/04/2019 1,2,3,4
Essay 2 50 % 03/06/2019 24/06/2019 1,2,3,4

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website. Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.


There is no mark for attendance and participation. You are expected to attend lectures and tutorials and to participate in tutorial discussion. Attendance and participation will be taken into account in determining borderline cases. 

Assessment Task 1

Value: 50 %
Due Date: 08/04/2019
Return of Assessment: 29/04/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Essay 1

Details of task: Answer One Question from the list of First Essay Questions which will be available on the course Wattle Site

Assessment Rubrics: The assessment criteria and rubrics used in this course for the marking of essays will be available on the Course Wattle site

Word limit: 2500 words

Value: 50%

Due Date: 8 April 2019

Estimated return date: Normally within 3 weeks of submission

Assessment Task 2

Value: 50 %
Due Date: 03/06/2019
Return of Assessment: 24/06/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Essay 2

Details of task: Answer One Question from the list of Second Essay Questions which will be available on the course Wattle site

Assessment Rubrics: The assessment criteria and rubrics used in this course for the marking of essays will be available on the Course Wattle site

Word limit: 2500 words

Value: 50 %

Due date: 3 June 2019

Estimated return date: Normally within 3 weeks of submission

PLEASE NOTE: Your essays (Tasks 1 and 2) must cover different works. Students must submit all assessment items to complete the course.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of our culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically. This means that all members of the community commit to honest and responsible scholarly practice and to upholding these values with respect and fairness. The Australian National University commits to embedding the values of academic integrity in our teaching and learning. We ensure that all members of our community understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with. The University has policies and procedures in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Visit the following Academic honesty & plagiarism website for more information about academic integrity and what the ANU considers academic misconduct. The ANU offers a number of services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. The Academic Skills and Learning Centre offers a number of workshops and seminars that you may find useful for your studies.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) as submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5 marks per working day or part thereof. Late essays, with or without an extension, will receive a mark but no comments.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Returning Assignments

Via Turnitin on the Wattle site or from the course convenor.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Resubmission of Assignments

Students will not be permitted to resubmit essays.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

Dr Ian Higgins
02 6125 2708

Research Interests

Literature and politics; Restoration and Eighteenth-Century literature

Dr Ian Higgins

Tuesday 14:00 15:00
Wednesday 13:00 14:00
Dr Ian Higgins

Research Interests

Dr Ian Higgins

Tuesday 14:00 15:00
Wednesday 13:00 14:00

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