Joint-honours information for 2016 entry

Period of Literature: 1750-1880

Module Q3135

Module details for 2016/17.

30 credits

FHEQ Level 5

Module Outline

The module, taught in seminars supported by a weekly lecture series, will address a selection of authors and themes prominent between 1750 and 1880. The actual content will vary from year to year depending on the expertise of those available to teach it in any given year.

Authors to be studied will be selected from but not necessarily confined to: Johnson, Gray, Sterne, Goldsmith, Blake, Lewis, Austen, Wollstonecraft, Wordsworth, Shelley, Keats, Carlyle, De Quincey, Tennyson, Browning, Arnold, Ruskin, Dickens, Gaskell, Charlotte and Emily Bronte, W.M. Thackeray, Wilkie Collins, George Eliot, Thomas Hardy.

Themes to be considered will include some of: sentimentalism and sensibility, slavery and empire, Romantic aesthetics and Romantic poetry, theories of the sublime and the imagination, the Gothic, responses to the French Revolution and the oppression of women, images of women, the condition of England question, progress and evolution, art and society, mind and spirit: the inner life, culture in crisis.

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.

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

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
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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.

Ms Anne Crawford

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Dr Chloe Porter

Assess convenor

Prof Lindsay Smith

Assess convenor

Ms Emma Carlyle

Assess convenor

Dr Hannah Field


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