Joint-honours information for 2016 entry

Victorian Things

Module Q3281

Module details for 2016/17.

15 credits

FHEQ Level 5

Module Outline

This module reads Victorian literature through the lens of material objects. From toys, to textiles, to wax flowers, to industrial machinery—the material culture of the Victorian period was incomparably rich. What formal and generic strategies did writers find for depicting this plethora of objects? And what are the advantages and disadvantages of the various scholarly methodologies that use things to tell us about literature and culture? The module also investigates the book itself as a material object, via hands-on archival sessions using Sussex’s Special Collections. Central themes include realism, childhood, consumerism and the commodity, femininity, collecting, and empire.

Module learning outcomes

Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between material culture and nineteenth-century literature.

Evaluate the merits of different theoretical and methodological approaches to material objects within literary criticism.

Identify and explain key formal and historical features of Victorian literature.

Employ some techniques of archival study appropriate to the literature and culture of this period.

Coursework components. Weighted as shown below.
EssayT2 Week 8 30.00%
EssayA2 Week 2 70.00%

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
Spring 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 Emma Carlyle

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Miss Trudy Cadman

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Dr Jessica Allsop

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Dr Chloe Porter

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Dr Hannah Field

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