ADVANCED STUDIES IN 19TH CENTURY LITERATURE - 2017/8

Module code: ELIM016

Module provider

School of Literature and Languages

Module Leader

PULHAM PE Prof (Lit & Langs)

Number of Credits

15

ECT Credits

7.5

Framework

FHEQ Level 7

JACs code

Q320

Module cap (Maximum number of students)

N/A

Module Availability

Semester 1

Overall student workload

Seminar Hours: 22

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework 3000 WORDS ESSAY 100

Alternative Assessment

N/A

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

N/A

Module overview

This optional module introduces students to the study of nineteenth-century literature at postgraduate level. It is designed to broaden and deepen students’ knowledge of nineteenth-century literature in English, to promote their understanding of the theories and modes of scholarship which underpin the study of this literature, and to strengthen their knowledge of the cultural and historical contexts of the nineteenth century. Through studying the texts and themes of the module, and through assessment, students will develop skills in critical reading, researching, and writing.

Module aims

Provide a detailed and thorough knowledge of nineteenth-century literature in English

Equip students with an understanding of the key theories, criticism, and scholarship which inform the study of nineteenth-century literature

Develop advanced skills in the close reading and analysis of literary texts

Enable students to position nineteenth-century writing within relevant historical and cultural contexts

Train students to articulate and critique ideas and to construct complex arguments, both in class discussions and in written form

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Have acquired a detailed and thorough knowledge of nineteenth-century literature in English
Be able to demonstrate an understanding of the key theories, criticism, and scholarship which inform the study of nineteenth-century literature
Have acquired advanced skills in the close reading and analysis of literary texts
Know how to position nineteenth-century writing within relevant historical and cultural contexts
Be able to undertake independent research into nineteenth-century literature and to present their ideas in discussion and in written form

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

The following areas are indicative of topics to be covered:


The theories and practices of Romanticism
The development of prose (especially the novel), poetry, and drama across the nineteenth-century
The literature and culture of the fin de siècle
Specific genres of nineteenth-century literature: the Gothic, travel writing, sensation fiction etc.
Literature and science (e.g. Darwinism) in the nineteenth century
The construction and representation of gender and sexuality in nineteenth-century literature
The relation of nineteenth-century literature to other arts: painting, sculpture, photography etc.
The literary marketplace: the social, economic, and technological conditions that shaped the production and dissemination of literature in the nineteenth century

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:


Hone and develop students’ critical skills in analyzing texts from a range of genres: prose, fiction, poetry, drama, etc by developing advanced skills in the close reading and analysis of literary texts
Assist students in locating literary texts in historical and cultural contexts, and to familiarize themselves with the history of literary production by developing an understanding of the key theories, criticism, and scholarship which inform the study of nineteenth-century literature, and their knowledge of how to position nineteenth-century writing within relevant historical and cultural contexts
Equip students with the research and writing skills they will need to produce critically informed analyses of literary texts and engage with contemporary literary criticism by helping develop in them a detailed and thorough knowledge of nineteenth-century literature in English
Facilitate in students productive reflection on both the critical and political agendas of literary studies and on their own place within theoretical positions by to enabling them to undertake independent research into nineteenth-century literature and to present their ideas in discussion and in written form


 

The learning and teaching methods include:


2 hour seminar x 11 weeks. Students are expected to read extensively outside classes in order to prepare for and participate in seminars.


 

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate


the development in their critical writing skills in analyzing texts from a range of genres
their understanding of the context of their work in historical and cultural terms, and to familiarize themselves with the history of literary production
their development of research and writing skills
productive and informed critical reflection on both critical and political agendas of literary studies and on their own place within theoretical positions


Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

 

End of semester Essay (3000 words) (100%)

 

Formative assessment and feedback

 

Formative ‘feed forward’ is provided through seminar discussions, tutor feedback in seminars, and one-to-one tutorials focusing on essay planning.

Reading list

Reading list for ADVANCED STUDIES IN 19TH CENTURY LITERATURE : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/elim016

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Creative Writing MA 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
English Literature MA 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Creative Writing MFA 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.