Wonderlands: Literature and Culture in the 19th Century

Queensland University of Technology

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Wonderlands: Literature and Culture in the 19th Century

  • Host University

    Queensland University of Technology

  • Location

    Brisbane, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Classics, Literature

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    This unit considers important contemporary cultural and social questions by way of readings in science fiction, fantasy fiction and fiction, class ideologies and revolutionary politics from a selection of novels and poetry of the nineteenth century. The novels and poems examine political and social change in Europe between 1790 and 1900, with a view to making critical links between current ideologies and literary forms and their formulation in a nineteenth century text. As such, works ranging from Frankenstein to Alice in Wonderland are deployed to consider the textual representations of important cultural, social, and sexual issues.
    Learning Outcomes
    On completion of this unit you should be able to:
    1. demonstrate an understanding of the major historical, political, scientific, social and cultural contexts of nineteenth century writing;
    2. articulate an appreciation of changing concepts of authorship and authority in the period;
    3. demonstrate an awareness of the profound ideological tensions and contradictions of thought that influence nineteenth-century writing;
    4. discern developments and evolutionary changes in the two major genres under discussion - the novel and poetry
    5. provide a critical insight into the above via oral and written expression.

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