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Unit information: Literature 4: 1830 to 1945 in 2015/16

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Unit name Literature 4: 1830 to 1945
Unit code ENGL39023
Credit points 20
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Professor. Karlin
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of English
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Description including Unit Aims

This unit focuses on literature of the Victorian period and the early decades of the twentieth century. Poets to be studied might include Tennyson, Browning, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Christina Rossetti, Clough, Hopkins, Hardy, Yeats, Eliot, Auden; prose writers might include the Bront√ęs, Thackeray, Dickens, George Eliot, Hardy, James, Conrad, Ford, Lawrence, Joyce, Forster, Woolf, Bowen; dramatists might include Wilde or Shaw.


The aim of this unit is to give students a grounding in literature of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, to introduce them to major authors, influential texts and literary movements, and in particular to develop students ways of understanding and describing the distinctive qualities of important writers of the period.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Learning outcomes will include: a greatly enhanced knowledge of the literature of the period; the ability to develop and express, in lucid and accurate prose, cogent arguments in essays; the ability to select and analyse pertinent passages from literary texts that support such arguments; the ability to make intelligent use of secondary criticism and theoretical perspectives (where appropriate); mastery of the technical vocabulary and analytical tools of literary criticism.

Teaching Information

3 x 1-hour lectures and 1 x 1-hour tutorial per week, plus one-to-one discussion in Consultation Hours, where desired.

Assessment Information

2 x 2,000 word summative essays (50% each).

Reading and References

Detailed reading lists will be provided by individual tutors prior to the start of teaching.