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
Seminar 10 x 2 Hour Seminars


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Exam 8 Hours   ORAL EXAMINATION  Oral presentation  Rehearsal and exam held 1 week apart. Room with DP and ability to blackout needed. Small seminar room.  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.



Week 1. Introduction to the fin de siecle
Sally Ledger and Roger Luckhurst (eds), The Fin de Siecle: A Reader in CUltural History c 1880-1900 (Oxford University Press, 2000) xiii-xxiii and Gail Marshall, "Introduction" Cambridge Companion to the Fin de siecle (Cambridge University Press, 2007) 1-12

Week 2. Masculine Others 1
R.L. Stevenson, The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (1886)

Week 3: The "Dark places of the Earth"
Rider Haggard's She (1887)

Week 4: Masculine Others II
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray (1890)

Week 5: Monstrous Men and New Women
Bram Stoker's Dracula (1897)

Week 6: . New Woman Writing I: Politics and short fiction
'The New Woman' section from Sally Ledger and Roger Luckhurst (eds), The Fin de Siecle (pp.75-96) and selected short stories.

Week 7: New Woman Writing II: The New Woman novel
Olive Schreiner, The Story of an African Farm (1883)

Week 8: The New Sex Science and the Birth of Psychoanalysis
Sally Ledger and Roger Luckhurst (eds) The Fin de Siecle ([pp. 243-268; 293-313)

Week 9: Oral Presentations Workshop

Wek 10: Gender Trouble
Thomas Hardy, Jude the Obscure (1895)


This module is at CQFW Level 6