Joint-honours information for 2016 entry

Period of Literature: 1860-1945

Module Q3137

Module details for 2016/17.

30 credits

FHEQ Level 5

Module Outline

We are studying on this module one of the truly momentous periods of British political, social, and cultural history. Imperialist conflict, the growth of nationalism, war, technological change, shifts in the relationships between the sexes, the development of consumerism, the creation of the mass press, the radio and cinema, the emergence of anarchism, socialism, communism, and fascism: these will provide some of the contexts for our reading and lectures. There were revolutionary intellectual changes as well: the impact of Darwinism; the emergence of psychology and psychoanalysis; scientific and philosophical developments in conceptions of time and space; avant-garde movements like Imagism, Dada, and Surrealism.

It is perhaps not surprising that the collision of these external and internal transformations should have produced demanding, interesting, and highly experimental works of literature. In the writing we will study, we will locate many of the key cultural issues of the period: the changing notion of the subject; the development of "mass" culture and increased urbanisation; the democratisation of education; the consequences of science and technology; secularism; new attitudes toward gender, race, and sexuality; and definitions and re-definitions of Englishness.

Module learning outcomes

Demonstrate an understanding of the connections between literature, both dominant and marginal, and its social, cultural, intellectual and historical contexts.

Communicate effectively a critical and contextual understanding of the practice of literature in the period as exemplified in appropriate textual instances.

Assess and explain aspects of the relationship between the contexts of literature and developments in genre and representation.

Demonstrate an awareness of current reflections on and debates about the period of study.

Unseen ExaminationSemester 1 Assessment60.00%
Coursework components. Weighted as shown below.
EssayT1 Week 8 75.00%
PresentationT1 Week 12 (10 minutes)25.00%

Submission deadlines may vary for different types of assignment/groups of students.


Coursework components (if listed) total 100% of the overall coursework weighting value.

TermMethodDurationWeek pattern
Autumn SemesterLecture1 hour111111111111
Autumn SemesterSeminar2 hours111111111111

How to read the week pattern

The numbers indicate the weeks of the term and how many events take place each week.

Prof Peter Boxall

Assess convenor, Convenor

Dr Chloe Porter

Assess convenor

Ms Emma Carlyle

Assess convenor

Ms Anne Crawford

Assess convenor

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