English and drama

Special Author: Thomas Hardy

Module code: Q3036
Level 6
15 credits in autumn teaching
Teaching method: Seminar
Assessment modes: Coursework

This module explores the range of Hardy's work – novels, short fiction, poetry, plays and essays – in the light of late 19th-century culture and the emergence of modernism. You will explore topics such as Hardy's position as a writer and his shifting position in relation to forms of readership and literary production; his development of narrative and concepts of history and memory; his use of visual culture; the representation of social and economic change and the emergence of heritage; his representation of class, sexual difference and social mobility; his use of evolutionary theory and concepts of degeneration; and his position as a poet in the early 20th century.

Module learning outcomes

  • Understand the formal and generic developments of a named author's work
  • Understand how the work has been shaped by the social, historical and intellectual contexts in which it was produced
  • Through critical analysis of a range of the author¿s writing over his/her career, demonstrate an understanding of how his/her literary reputation was established and has been maintained
  • Organise complex material into an essay that illustrates independent research