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EL3801 - Women, Society, and the Nineteenth-Century Novel

[Offered in odd-numbered years]

Credit points: 3
Year: 2012
Student Contribution Band: Band 1
Administered by: School of Arts & Social Sciences

The 19th century novel is among the best known and admired modes of English literature. One question which was debated intensely across the period concerns the rights, status and emotional and moral needs of women. In fiction written between 1800 and 1915 we trace the emergence of the independent woman, seen not as historians or social theorists might see her, in abstract terms, but through a series of vividly imagined individual lives.

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 the nineteenth-century English novel;
  • to reach a fuller understanding of what is involved in realist fiction.

Graduate Qualities

  • The ability to think critically, to analyse and evaluate claims, evidence and arguments;
  • The ability to define and to solve problems in at least one discipline area;
  • The ability to speak and write logically, clearly and creatively;
  • A coherent and disciplined body of skills, knowledge, values and professional ethics in at least one discipline area;
  • The ability to reflect on and evaluate learning processes and products;
  • The ability to learn independently and in a self-directed manner.
To undertake this subject, students must have successfully completed 12 credit points (four subjects) of level 1 study at tertiary level
EL2001 EL2801 EL3001 EL5801

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