Gwybodaeth Modiwlau

Module Identifier
Module Title
Demons, Degenerates and New Women: Fin De Siecle Fictions
Academic Year
Semester 2
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Seminars / Tutorials 20 Hours. 10 x 2 hour seminar workshops


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Exam 8 Hours   ORAL EXAMINATION  Oral presentation  40%
Semester Assessment One essay of 2,500 words  60%
Supplementary Assessment Resubmit any failed elements and/or make good any missing elements. Where this involves failure in the essay assignment, a new topic must be selected. In the event of failure in the oral presentation element, a 15 minute written script on a new topic, written as if for delivery, with accompanying visual aids to be submitted.  100%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module students will be able to:

1. demonstrate a knowledge and critical understanding of the set texts;

2. locate the set texts in some of the contexts of their production;

3. explain and engage with relevant aspects of recent critical debates about the material

4. produce well organized, coherently argued and critically informed written work;

5. engage in coherent oral discussion of the material studied.

Brief description

This module explores some of the anxieties and preoccupations of late-nineteenth century culture through an examination of some of the best-selling romances and fantasies (She, Dracula, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde) and 'high art' fiction (The Picture of Dorian Gray, Jude the Obscure, the New Woman Writing) which fascinated and scandalised late Victorian readers.


_Seminar Programme

_1. Introduction to the fin de siecle
Sally Ledger and Roger Luckhurst (eds), The Fin de Siecle (Oxford University Press, 2000)

_2. The Dark places of the earth
Rider Haggard's She

_3. Monstrous men and New Women
Bram Stoker's Dracula

_4. Masculine Others (i)
R.L.Stevenson's The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

_5. Masculine Others (ii)
Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray

_6. and 7. The New Woman Writing (i)
Carolyn Christensen Nelson (ed.) A New Woman Reader (Broadview Press, 2001)

_8. The new sex science and the birth of psychoanalysis
Sally Ledger and Roger Luckhurst (eds) The Fin de Siecle (Oxford University Press, 2000)

_9. Gender Trouble
Thomas Hardy's Jude the Obscure

_10. The fin de siecle: some conclusions

Detailed bibliographies will be given out in class. You will find it useful to look at one or more of the books listed below before the course starts. Unless otherwise stated all the novels are published by both Penguin and Oxford World's Classics.

Reading List

Should Be Purchased
Bram Stoker Dracula Oxford World's Classics Primo search H. Rider Haggard She Oxford World's Classics Primo search Oscar Wilde The Picture of Dorian Gray Penguin Popular Classics Primo search Robert Louis Stevenson The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde Penguin Popular Classics Primo search Sally Ledger and Roger Luckhurst (eds.) (2000) The Fin de Siecle Oxford: Oxford University Press Primo search Schreiner, Olive (1993) The Story of an African Farm Oxford Paperbacks Primo search Thomas Hardy Jude the Obscure Oxford World's Classics Primo search
Recommended Consultation
Bram Djikstra (1986) Idols of Perversity: Fantasies of feminine evil in fin de siecle culture Oxford UP Primo search Elaine Showalter (1992) Sexual Anarchy: Gender and Culture a the Fin de Siecle Virago Primo search John Stokes (1989) In the Nineties Harvester Wheatsheaf Primo search Joseph Bristow (1991) Empire Boys Harper Collins Primo search Lyn Pykett (ed) (1996) Reading Fin de Siecle Fictions Edward Arnold Primo search Patrick Brantlinger (1988) Rule of Darkness: British Literature and Imperialism, 1830-1914 Cornell University Press Primo search Sally Ledger and Scott McCracken (eds) (1995) Cultural Politics at the Fin de Siecle Cambridge UP Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 6