English and drama

Special Author: George Eliot

Module code: Q3285
Level 6
15 credits in autumn teaching
Teaching method: Seminar
Assessment modes: Coursework

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.

Module learning outcomes

  • Systematically recognise key aspects of the formal and generic development of George Eliot’s work.
  • Develop coherent knowledge of how Eliot’s work was shaped by the social, historical, and intellectual contexts in which it was produced.
  • Evaluate and extend past and present critical understandings of Eliot’s writings and their significance.
  • 'Devise an argument that draws on independent research