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EL2801 - Progress and Anxiety: The Victorian Age

[Offered in odd-numbered years, however not offered in 2019]

Credit points: 03
Year: 2019
Student Contribution Band: Band 1
Administered by: College of Arts, Society & Education

The Victorian Age in British Literature (1837-1901, approximately) is an immensely rich one, particularly where the novel is concerned. But it is also very diverse, as writers of the period came to employ different approaches to the many social and intellectual issues that confronted them. Here we see the origins of what we understand as the modern world: an industrialized, urbanized, and globalized sphere, in which science, secularism, democracy, mass education and mass communication were beginning profoundly to affect society and the literature which sought to reflect it. Above all there was change: perhaps at a rate even faster than we are familiar with today. This subject will encompass some of this dynamic intellectual arena, in fiction and non-fiction alike.

Learning Outcomes

  • to broaden and intensify the literary-critical skills and understanding attained by students at earlier levels, particularly where essay writing and extra-literary issues are concerned;
  • to attain a full and close understanding of the set texts;
  • to develop an accurate critical and literary- historical understanding of nineteenth-century English literature;
  • to develop an understanding of the relationship of literature and society in Victorian Britain.
To undertake this subject, students must have successfully completed 12 credit points (four subjects) of level 1 study at tertiary level
EL3801 EL5801

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