|Assessment length / details
|Essay Assignment 1 x 2500 word essay
|Group Oral Presentation 30 minute group oral presentation
|Resubmit oral presentation Submit scripts and visual aids (e.g. powerpoint) equivalent to a 15 minute presentation
|Resubmit Essay Assignment Resubmit missing or failed essay of 2500 words
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
1. Demonstrate a detailed knowledge of a range of texts from the fin de siecle period;
2. Articulate this knowledge in the form of reasoned critical analysis of particular texts;
3. Locate the texts studied in some of the contexts of their production;
4. Engage with relevant aspects of recent scholarly and/or critical debates about the material studied;
5. Work effectively as part of a team to communicate knowledge and understanding of your subject.
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.
1. Introduction to the fin de siècle
2. Masculine Others (i)
R.L. Stevenson's The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
3. The Dark places of the earth
Rider Haggard's She
4. Masculine Others (ii)
Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray
5. Monstrous men and New Women
Bram Stoker's Dracula
6. New Woman Writing: Politics
‘New Woman section’ from Ledger and Luckhurst (digitized on Aspire)
7. New Woman Writing: Olive Schreiner’s The Story of an African Farm
8. New Woman Writing: Short Fiction
9. Oral presentations workshop
10. Gender Trouble
Thomas Hardy's Jude the Obscure
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.
|Application of Number
|Through group discussions and presentations.
|Improving own Learning and Performance
|Through independent reading and research.
|Use of digital resources for research and PowerPoint for presentations.
|Personal Development and Career planning
|Develop critical self-reflection and through the development of transferable communication and research skills.
|Developing evaluative analysis and critical skills and by formulating and conducting a detailed argument.
|By relating literary texts to historical contexts and by synthesizing information in an evaluative argument.
|Subject Specific Skills
|Detailed critical/theoretical analysis of literary texts and evaluation of broad intellectual concepts.
|Play an active part in group activities in the seminars and through group presentations.
This module is at CQFW Level 5