|Assessment Type||Assessment length / details||Proportion|
|Semester Assessment||Coursework Assignment 1 x 5000-word comparative essay, OR 3000-word creative piece and 2000-word commentary.||100%|
|Supplementary Assessment||Coursework Assignment 1 x 5000-word comparative essay, OR 3000-word creative piece and 2000-word commentary.||100%|
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
Engage with theoretical and critical debates (both of the time and of more recent scholars) about genre and popularity in the Victorian period.
Demonstrate a critical understanding of the broader historical, commercial and cultural contexts that shaped the texts studied on the module.
Produce critical work that engages in close textual analysis, employs relevant critical approaches, and makes reference to contemporary contexts and sources.
Demonstrate enhanced skills of independent thought and research.
Estimated Student Workload
Contact time 20 hours
Reading and preparation - 100 hours
Independent study preparing for seminars/assignments - 80 hours
This module will add to the suite of option modules available on our MA programme in literary studies. The module comprises a variety of genres and therefore has the potential to echo and build upon students’ experiences in other sections of the MA programme. Students will be encouraged to conduct additional research using Victorian newspaper and periodicals databases, which may open up new routes into dissertation work.
Session 2: Sex, scandal and social criticism - Anne Brontë, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (1848)
Session 3: Workshop: Periodicals and print culture
Session 4: Literary celebrity and self-made men - Charles Dickens, Great Expectations (1861)
Session 5: Workshop: Viewing the Victorians
Session 6: Sensation fiction - Mary Elizabeth Braddon, Lady Audley’s Secret (1862)
Session 7: Popular literature and protest - Anna Sewell, Black Beauty (1877)
Session 8: Workshop: Writing (as) the Victorians
Session 9: Mesmerising popularity? The forgotten bestseller - George du Maurier, Trilby (1894)
Session 10: Module conclusions
|Skills Type||Skills details|
|Communication||Written communication in the form of essays, oral communication in seminar discussion and group presentations|
|Improving own Learning and Performance||Developing own research skills, management of time, expression and use of language.|
|Information Technology||Use of electronic resources (JSTOR, websites); use of databases of digitized newspapers and periodicals; the production of written work|
|Personal Development and Career planning||By critical reflection and the development of transferable communication skills.|
|Problem solving||Formulating and developing extended arguments|
|Research skills||By relating literary texts to historical contexts and theoretical commentaries, and by synthesizing various perspectives in an evaluative argument.|
|Subject Specific Skills||Detailed critical and contextual analysis of literary texts and evaluation of the theoretical concepts|
|Team work||Through group presentations in seminars – this will involve preparation outside of class and team work within the seminar.|
This module is at CQFW Level 7