Module Identifier EN30730  
Academic Year 2003/2004  
Co-ordinator Dr Damian Walford Davies  
Semester Semester 1  
Other staff Mrs Carol M Marshall, Dr Julia H M Reid, Dr Richard J Marggraf-Turley  
Pre-Requisite EN10120 , EN10320  
Course delivery Lecture   30 Hours  
  Seminars / Tutorials   10 Hours Seminar.  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam3 Hours  75%
Semester Assessment Essay: 1 x 2,500 word essay25%
Supplementary Assessment Resubmit any failed elements and/or make good any missing elements. 

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module students should typically be able to:
- demonstrate a detailed knowledge of a range of texts drawn from the period 1789-1900;
- articulate this knowledge in the form of a reasoned critical analysis of particular texts;
- locate the texts studied in appropriate literary, historical, and/or cultural contexts;
- explain and engage with relevant aspects of recent scholarly and/or critical debates about the texts studied.

Brief description

This module on Romantic and Victorian literature does not attempt to survey the whole of the extraordinary output of this the first information age, but instead seeks to introduce students to some of the range and diversity of writing in Britain from the period of the French revolution through to the fin de siecle. The lecture and seminar programme will situate this dynamic body of writing in the various contexts of its production: political radicalism, electoral reform, industrialization, consumerism, urbanization, imperial expansion, and the changing role of women in society.


- to introduce students to a range of poetry, fiction and non-fictional prose from the period of the French Revolution to the Fin de Siecle;
- to locate this writing in the literary, socio-historical and cultural contexts in which it was produced and read;
- to encourage students to reflect critically on the texts chosen for special study;
- to encourage students to explore the relations between literary texts and between texts and their contexts;
- to encourage students to familiarize themselves with recent critical debates about nineteenth-century literature.


Texts and Topics
1. Romanticism and Romantic poetry: Wordsworth and Coleridge, Lyrical Ballads; Keats, selected poems.
2. Romantic autobiography: Thomas De Quincey, Confessions of an English Opium Eater
3. The continued rise of the woman novelist: Jane Austen, Persuasion
4. Victorian poetry: Tennyson, Maud; the dramatic monologue; selected Victorian women's poetry
5. Victorian fiction: Charles Dickens, Dombey and Son
6. Fiction at the fin de siecle: the rise of the short story

Lectures and seminars
Lectures: This module will have three lectures per week. Some lectures in each of the six blocks outlined above will focus on key texts (see below), others will use the key texts as the focus for the consideration of broader contextual issues. Weekly seminars: will focus on seminar texts (see below).

1. One x 2, 500 word essay on the Romantic texts taught in the first half of the module, ie, up to an including Jane Austen. The essay will contribute 25% of the module mark.
2. A three-hour examination at the end of the module, ie,up to and including Jane Austen, in which students will be required to answer two questions, choosing one from each section of the paper. Section one will consist of questions on the Victorian texts taught in the second half of the module, ie, post-Jane Austen. Section two will consist of general questions on nineteenth-century literature, and will require you to answer on more than one text. (You may write on either Romantic texts, or on Victorian texts, or on both). The examination will contribute 75% of the module mark.
There must be no overlap of material either (a) between the essay you have written and the examination answers, or (b) between the two examination answers. Taken together, your essay and your two examination answers should demonstrate knowledge of at least FOUR authors.

Key Texts
Wordsworth and Coleridge, Lyrical Ballads, (Wordsworth Poetry Library 2002)
Keats, Selected Poems, ed John Barnard (Penguin 2003)
Jane Austen, Persuasion, ed Gillian Beer (Penguin 1998)
Thomas De Quincey, Confessions of an English Opium Eater, ed Alethea Hayter (Penguin 1986);
Tennyson, Maud in Tennyson: Selected Poems, ed Aidan Day (Penguin 1991)
Charles Dickens, Dombey and Son, ed Valerie Purton (Everyman 1997)
Selected Victorian Women's Poetry in Victorian Women Poets, 1830-1900, ed Jennifer Breen (Everyman 1994)
Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes, selected stories in The Adventures and the Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, ed Iain Pears (Penguin 2001)


This module is at CQFW Level 6