Module Information

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 11 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.


Seminar Programme

Week 1. Introduction to the fin de siecle
Sally Ledger and Roger Luckhurst (eds), The Fin de Siecle (Oxford University Press, 2000)

Week 2. The Dark places of the earth: Rider Haggard's She

Week 3. Monstrous men and New Women: Bram Stoker's Dracula

Week 4. Masculine Others (i): R.L.Stevenson's The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

Week 5. Masculine Others (ii): Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray

Week 6: The New Women novel: Luckhurst and Ledger, The Fin de Siecle

Week 7: The New Woman novel: Olive Schreiner’s The Story of an African Farm

Week 8. The new sex science and the birth of psychoanalysis:
Sally Ledger and Roger Luckhurst (eds) The Fin de Siecle (Oxford University Press, 2000)

Week 9. Gender Trouble: Thomas Hardy's Jude the Obscure

Week 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.


This module is at CQFW Level 6