- Class Number 4141
- Term Code 3230
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Rebecca Clode
- Dr Claire Hansen
- Rebecca Clode
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 21/02/2022
- Class End Date 27/05/2022
- Census Date 31/03/2022
- Last Date to Enrol 28/02/2022
- Rebecca Clode
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;
- 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;
- identify and discuss theoretical discourses concerning class, sexuality, gender and colonialism as these illuminate a range of Victorian texts, and in relation to a range of contexts including anxieties about modernity, madness, sexual transgression and disease;
- read carefully with attention to detail and to the ways in which texts are constructed, and demonstrate this skill in their writing; and
- understand and successfully deploy a range of terms and concepts integral to literary studies.
- Emily Bronte, Wuthering Heights. Penguin Classics recommended, ISBN 9780141439556 (sold in Harry Hartog on campus). Alternatively, you may like to use the OUP edition.
(Weeks 2, 3)
- Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol. Popular Penguins recommended, 9780141194745 (sold in Harry Hartog on campus). Alternatively, use OUP World's Classics edition.
- A selection of poetry by Christina Rossetti (available on 'wattle').
- A selection of short stories by women writers, including Elizabeth Gaskell and Christina Rossetti (available on wattle).
- Mary Elizabeth Braddon, Lady Audley's Secret (novel). Faber Classics recommended, 9780571358250 (sold in Harry Hartog on campus). Alternatively, use Broadview edition.
(Weeks 6 and 7)
- Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, "Carmilla" and "Green Tea" in In a Glass Darkly. OUP World's Classics recommended (on order, to arrive mid April, Harry Hartog on campus).
- A selection of short stories by Edgar Allen Poe (available on wattle).
- Leopold Lewis, The Bells, a play (available on wattle).
- Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray. OUP World's Classics recommended, ISBN 9780199535989 (sold in Harry Hartog on campus).
- Henry James, "The Turn of the Screw" in The Turn of the Screw and other stories. Penguin Classics recommended, ISBN 9780141441351. Alternatively, OUP World's Classics edition.
Whether you are on campus or studying remotely, there are a variety of online platforms you will use to participate in your study program. These could include videos for lectures and other instruction, two-way video conferencing for interactive learning, email and other messaging tools for communication, interactive web apps for formative and collaborative activities, print and/or photo/scan for handwritten work and drawings, and home-based assessment.
ANU outlines recommended student system requirements to ensure you are able to participate fully in your learning. Other information is also available about the various Learning Platforms you may use.
Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- written comments
- verbal comments
- feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc
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). Feedback can also be provided to Course Conveners and teachers via the Student Experience of Learning & Teaching (SELT) feedback program. SELT surveys are confidential and also provide the Colleges and ANU Executive with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement.
|Summary of Activities
|(w/c Monday 21st February) Lecture Tuesday 10-12 Marie Reay 6.02 Topic: Introduction to Victorian Literature and The Gothic No Tutorials this week
|Students are expected to attend lectures and tutorials Lectures: There will lecture (of not more than 120 minutes duration) every Tuesday 10-12, throughout the semester. In-person attendance is preferred, though there will also be live online delivery and the lecture will be recorded. Tutorials: With the exception of Week 1 (in which there are no tutorials), there will be one tutorial per week. Please note that the balance of on-campus versus zoom tutorials may shift to match student demand. The one-hour tutorials will be held: Tuesday 1-2 (on campus) Tuesday 2-3 (on campus) Wednesday 12-1 (zoom, online) Wednesday 1-2 (zoom, online) Students will need to sign up for one tutorial. A sign up link will be available on 'wattle' from Monday 14th February.
|(w/c Monday 28th February) Lecture Tuesday 10-12 Marie Reay 6.02 (dual delivery) Domesticating the Gothic: Wuthering Heights I Tutorials Wuthering Heights (1847) (available from Harry Hartog)
|(w/c Monday 7th March) Lecture Tuesday 10-12 (venue as above) (dual delivery) Power, Passion, Excess: Wuthering Heights II Tutorials Wuthering Heights (available from Harry Hartog)
|(w/c Monday 14th March. Public Holiday on the Monday) Lecture Tuesday 10-12 Urbanising the Gothic: The domestication of gothic: Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol (1843) Tutorials A Christmas Carol (available from Harry Hartog)
|(w/c Monday 21st March) Lecture Tuesday 10-12 Ghostly Figures: Women Writers of the Supernatural (1850s & 60s) Tutorials Stories and poems on wattle
|Tutorial participation Essay 1 due Thursday 24th March by midnight (submit on 'wattle')
|(w/c Monday 28th March) Lecture Tuesday 10-12 The Sensational '60s: Lady Audley's Secret (1862) Tutorials Lady Audley's Secret (available from Harry Hartog)
|(w/c Monday 18th April. Public Holiday on the Monday) Lecture Tuesday 10-12 Transgressive Women: Lady Audley's Secret Tutorials Lady Audley's Secret
|(w/c Monday 25th April. Public Holiday on the Monday) Lecture Tuesday 10-12 A Feminine Pestilence: Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu's "Carmilla"(1872) and the Victorian vampire Tutorials "Carmilla," by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu from In a Glass Darkly (available from Harry Hartog)
|(w/c Monday 2nd May) Lecture Tuesday 10-12 The "inward turn" I: Edgar Allan Poe, Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu and Psychological Horror Tutorials A selection of short stories, including: Poe, "The Tell-Tale Heart," "The Sphinx," "The Facts in the Case of M.Valdemar" and "Sonnet-to Science" (on wattle) Sheridan Le Fanu, "Green Tea." In a Glass Darkly (1872) (available from Harry Hartog)
|(w/c Monday 9th May) Lecture Tuesday 10-12 The "inward turn" II: The Bells, a play by Leopold Lewis (1871) Tutorials The Bells by Leopold Lewis (on wattle)
|w/c Monday 16 May Lecture Tuesday 10-12 Decadent Hauntings: Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray (1890) Tutorials The Picture of Dorian Gray (available from Harry Hartog)
|(w/c Monday 23rd May) Lecture Tuesday 10-12 Epistemology and the Senses: Henry James' "The Turn of the Screw." (1898) Tutorials Henry James, "The Turn of the Screw," in The Turn of the Screw and Other Stories (available from Harry Hartog)
|Tutorial participation Essay Two due Tuesday 31st May by midnight (submit on 'wattle')
Tutorials for this course are compulsory. Students must sign up for a tutorial time via the course 'wattle page.' Sign up will be available from 9am on Monday 14th February 2022.
Available times will be:
- Tuesday 1-2pm on campus (BPB W120)
- Tuesday 2-3pm on campus (BPB W120)
- Wednesday 12-1 online (zoom)
- Wednesday 1-2 online (zoom)
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
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- Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure
- Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure
- Special Assessment Consideration Guideline and General Information
- Student Surveys and Evaluations
- Deferred Examinations
- Student Complaint Resolution Policy and Procedure
- Code of practice for teaching and learning
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 Academic Skills website. In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.
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.
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5
Word Limit: 2500 words (including quotes but excluding citations, footnotes, Bibliography)
Submission requirements: Essay must be submitted via Turnitin (the link to which can be found on 'wattle')
Due: 24th March 2022 by midnight
Estimated return date: Thursday 14th April
Essay Questions are available on 'wattle' from the start of semester. Please refer to document, 'Essay One Questions and Instructions' (on wattle) for details of expected formatting and referencing.
Assessment Criteria / Rubric: Please refer to document, 'Essay One Questions and Instructions' (on wattle).
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5
Word limit: 3000 words (including quotes but excluding citations, footnotes, Bibliography)
Submission requirements: Essay must be submitted via Turnitin (the link to which can be found on 'wattle')
Due: 31st May 2022 by midnight
Estimated return date: Wednesday 22nd June
Essay Questions will be available on 'wattle.' Please refer to document, 'Essay Two Questions and Instructions' (on wattle) for details of expected formatting and referencing.
Assessment Criteria / Rubric: Please refer to document, 'Essay Two Questions and Instructions' (on wattle).
Assessment Task 3
Assessed each week. The following rubric is indicative of the kinds of things we think about when arriving at your grade. Absences without adequate documentation (for reasons such as medical) will acquire a zero grade for that week.
|STRONG WORK (7-10)
|NEEDS DEVELOPMENT (4-7)
Actively and respectfully listens to peers and tutor
Sometimes displays lack of interest in others' comments or unknowingly repeats points made in lecture or by other students
Projects lack of interest in, or disrespect for, others
Arrives fully prepared; notes on reading, observations, questions; demonstrates evidence of analysis including in relation to other texts and course themes; may have undertaken additional reading
Sometimes arrives unprepared or with only superficial preparation; has read the text; some evidence of analysis of texts, but inconsistent
Exhibits little evidence of having read or thought about the assigned material
QUALITY OF CONTRIBUTIONS
Comments are relevant and reflect: understanding of: assigned text(s); previous remarks of other students; and insights about the material
Comments sometimes irrelevant or repetitive; seems underprepared; lacks attention to previous remarks of others
Comments reflect little understanding of the text or previous remarks in the tutorial
IMPACT ON TUTORIAL
Comments consistently advance the level and depth of the dialogue
Comments sometimes advance the level and depth of the conversation
Comments do not advance the conversation or are actively harmful to it
FREQUENCY OF PARTICIPATION
Actively participates at appropriate times; engages with other students as well as with tutor
Sometimes participates but at other times is tuned out
Seldom participates or participates only when called upon; is generally not engaged
Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. The University’s students are an integral part of that community. The academic integrity principle commits all students to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support, academic integrity, and to uphold this commitment by behaving honestly, responsibly and ethically, and with respect and fairness, in scholarly practice.
The University expects all staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle, the Academic Integrity Rule 2021, the Policy: Student Academic Integrity and Procedure: Student Academic Integrity, and to uphold high standards of academic integrity to ensure the quality and value of our qualifications.
The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 is a legal document that the University uses to promote academic integrity, and manage breaches of the academic integrity principle. The Policy and Procedure support the Rule by outlining overarching principles, responsibilities and processes. The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 commences on 1 December 2021 and applies to courses commencing on or after that date, as well as to research conduct occurring on or after that date. Prior to this, the Academic Misconduct Rule 2015 applies.
The University commits to assisting all students to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. All coursework students must complete the online Academic Integrity Module (Epigeum), and Higher Degree Research (HDR) students are required to complete research integrity training. The Academic Integrity website provides information about services available to assist students with their assignments, examinations and other learning activities, as well as understanding and upholding academic integrity.
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) submission must be through Turnitin.
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.
- Essays: Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.
- Tutorials: missed tutorials will acquire a zero grade for that week, unless medical or other accepted documentation is provided. It is the responsibility of any student with an EAP to make contact with their tutor early in the semester to make arrangements for tutorial assessment in situations where attendance or participation is affected by the conditions outlined on the EAP.
The Academic Skills website has information to assist you with your writing and assessments. The website includes information about Academic Integrity including referencing requirements for different disciplines. There is also information on Plagiarism and different ways to use source material.
Assignments will be returned via Turnitin
Tutorial participation marks will be available in gradebook on 'wattle' after the end of semester English examiners' meeting
Extensions and Penalties
Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted 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
Resubmissions will not be accepted
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
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- ANU Health, safety & wellbeing for medical services, counselling, mental health and spiritual support
- ANU Access and inclusion for students with a disability or ongoing or chronic illness
- ANU Dean of Students for confidential, impartial advice and help to resolve problems between students and the academic or administrative areas of the University
- ANU Academic Skills and Learning Centre supports you make your own decisions about how you learn and manage your workload.
- ANU Counselling Centre promotes, supports and enhances mental health and wellbeing within the University student community.
- ANUSA supports and represents undergraduate and ANU College students
- PARSA supports and represents postgraduate and research students
Rebecca is a PhD graduate of the ANU and also holds an MA in Text and Performance Studies from King's College and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London. Research interests include Women Writers, Australian drama (history and practice) as well as C19th, C20th and contemporary European and American drama and literature. Her PhD thesis explores the use of metatheatrical techniques by Australian and British playwrights (Hewett, Nowra, Wertenbaker and Murray) during the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries.
Dr Claire Hansen