Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture
Level 1 (CQFW Level 4), 10 Credits.
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This course will to introduce students to Nineteenth-Century Literature and its cultural, social, literary and historical contexts. The Victorian period was typified by great change (in many formats), and this course will map and examine these transformations in three novels. Special attention will be paid to genre and forms of production (including the realist and sensation novel), identity, representation, race, gender, and social class. We will also consider notions of crime and deviance. Students will be expected to engage in close reading and employ critical and theoretical approaches.
Who is this course for?
This course is for anyone with an interest in literature and the enthusiasm to take that interest further. It operates as part of the Inside Narratives pathway, and will equip you with the knowledge, understanding and skills that will help you to study other courses in the pathway.
Learning and Teaching
This course consists of nine units divided into themes. Each unit comprises a 2-hour face-to-face session between 7pm and 9pm. These sessions will include lectures, class discussions and group-work, source analysis activities and exercises to develop your academic skills. There will also be an opportunity for learning outside of the classroom, facilitated by the university’s Virtual learning Environment, Learning Central.
Coursework and Assessment
Students will be expected to complete two pieces of assessed work amounting to about 1500 words. Advice and support will be provided for both assignments and you will receive detailed feedback relating to strengths and areas for improvement on both pieces of work.
- Braddon, Mary Elizabeth, Lady Audley’s Secret (1861-2)
- Brontë, Charlotte, Jane Eyre (1847)
- Stoker, Bram, Dracula (1897)
- Brantlinger, Patrick and William B. Thesing, eds, A Companion to the Victorian Novel (Oxford: Blackwell, 2002)
- Eagleton, Terry, The English Novel (Oxford: Blackwell, 2005)
- Gilmour, Robin, The Novel in the Victorian Age: A Modern Introduction (London: Edward Arnold, 1986)
- Levine, George, How to Read the Victorian Novel (Oxford: Blackwell, 2007)
- O’Gorman, Francis, ed., A Concise Companion to the Victorian Novel (Oxford: Blackwell, 2005)
- Purchase, Sean, Key Concepts in Victorian Literature (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006)
Library and Computing Facilities
As a student on this course you are entitled to join and use the University library and computing facilities. You can find out more about these facilities on our website www.cf.ac.uk/learn under Student Information, or by ringing the Centre on (029) 2087 0000.
Accessibility of Courses
Our aim is access for all. We aim to provide a confidential advice and support service for any student with a long term medical condition, disability or specific learning difficulty. We are able to offer one-to-one advice about disability, pre-enrolment visits, liaison with tutors and co-ordinating lecturers, material in alternative formats, arrangements for accessible courses, assessment arrangements, loan equipment and Dyslexia screening. Please contact the Centre on (029) 2087 0000 for an information leaflet.