- Code ENGL3036
- 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, History, Literature
The Victorian period was one of extraordinary achievement and activity in the literary field, fostered by increasing literacy rates, the expansion of circulating libraries and a proliferation of weekly periodicals, all of which served to make literature more accessible as the nineteenth century progressed. In this course we will read a variety of Victorian 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, plays and poetry, and both canonical and non-canonical texts, enabling us to understand the breadth of Victorian writers' achievement and the way that Victorian literature both participated in and emerged from debates in other cultural discourses such as medicine, psychology, sociology and philosophy. The inclusion of texts from other areas of Europe, Australia and America may provide the opportunity to test the connotations and the limits of the term "Victorian" as a lens through which to study the output of this productive period.
Upon successful completion, 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; and
- read carefully with attention to detail and to the ways in which texts are constructed.
- (2000 word) essay (45) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
- (2000 word) essay (45) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
- In-class activities (10) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact: 24 hours of lectures and 12 hours of tutorials.
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
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