Special Author: George Eliot (Q3285)

30 credits, Level 6

Autumn teaching

This module focuses on the greatest British writer of the nineteenth century: George Eliot.

Students will have the opportunity to study a number of her long novels, alongside shorter works including novellas and critical essays.

Eliot is a central figure in the defining project of Victorian literature—that of realism—and interrogating what this term means for (and why it matters to) Eliot will be central to the module.

Other themes include sympathy and feeling, religion, intellectualism, city life and country life, the omniscient narrator, feminism and the ‘Woman Question’, science, and the novel as tool for moral development.

Evaluate and extend past and present critical understandings of Eliot’s writings and their significance.


25%: Lecture
25%: Practical (Workshop)
50%: Seminar


100%: Coursework (Essay)

Contact hours and workload

This module is 300 hours of work. This breaks down into 48 hours of contact time and 252 hours of independent study.

This module is running in the academic year 2018/19. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: