Victorian Literature: Politics, Sensation and Sexuality

University of Roehampton

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Victorian Literature: Politics, Sensation and Sexuality

  • Host University

    University of Roehampton

  • Location

    London, England

  • Area of Study

    Literature

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Upper

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    Hours & Credits

  • UK Credits

    20
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    5
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    7
  • Overview

    Assessment: coursework (5000 words)
    Excluded combination: ENG040N524
    After the political changes of the 1830s and the poverty and threatened instability of the 1840s, the nineteenth century appeared to settle into security and confidence: England became the workshop of the world, and an expanding colonial and imperial power. The energy of this period can be seen in its novels, which attempted to diagnose and define Victorian society; and in an exceptionally varied range of poetic styles and voices: fiction, poetry and other literary forms engage vigorously with the life of their time. The writing of the nineteenth century is a product of the Victorian sense of both history and modernity, and ranges from the representation of poverty and political struggles in the industrial novel and Chartist writing, to the sensationalism of the 1860s, and fin de siècle decadence as the century drew to a close. It was also a time of uncertainties: debates about the role of women, the authority of religion, and the new scientific theories of Darwin and others will also be considered for their impact on the literature of the time. We will look at major texts by writers such as Dickens, Charlotte Bronte and Tennyson as well as a range of less canonical forms such as science fiction, the sensation novel, political essays and erotic diaries.

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