ENG3113 - Victorian Literature: The Rise of Science in the Nineteenth Century

Year of Study:3
Credit Units: 3
Duration: 45hours
Prerequisites: ENG1100 Introduction to Literature,
ENG2100 Exploring the Genre of Poetry,
ENG2101 Exploring English Novels,
ENG2102 Drama and Theatre
or with special permission from Instructor and approval by Department Head
Module Description
The module aims to explore literary traditions in English writing between 1840 and 1900. Students will be introduced to a wide range of texts across genres in the covered period of Industrial Revolution and scientific advancement and are encouraged to understand how the political milieu as well as social and intellectual formations affect the thematic concerns of literary work in this period. One of the objectives of the module is to envisage, apart from the aesthetic values of the selected texts, their socio-cultural significance: the aim is to examine how these cultural productions are inseparable from our living surroundings, and how these texts represent societal changes, human progression and scientific advancement of the modern world.
Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this module, students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate a basic knowledge and ability to identify and distinguish formal aspects as well as the literary, political and cultural contexts for the selected fiction and poetry from the 19th century, and to apply the knowledge to their interpretation of them;

  2. acquire a basic awareness of the range of literary texts and the nature of poetic and novelistic traditions in 19th century and to relate them to their historical context in order to understand the intersecting impulses and priorities characteristic of any given period;

  3. demonstrate a capacity to identify, discuss and apply relevant critical and theoretical concepts and terms, and to relate them to their appropriate historical and literary-historical contexts;

  4. transfer above skills into intellectual and professional skills to construct and communicate a sustained analysis of texts and to conduct research and evaluate the material in a wider cultural and intellectual context.

  5. use e-learning platforms, such as the Moodle-based eCampus system, to participate in on-line guided class discussions, together with internet-based electronic tools for academic research.