Victorian Literature

Victoria University of Wellington

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Victorian Literature

  • Host University

    Victoria University of Wellington

  • Location

    Wellington, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    English, Literature

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    40 points from ENGL 201-299

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    This course examines a selection of fiction, non-fiction and poetry from the Victorian period, under the broad categories of the literature of empire, the literature of religious doubt, and the literature of gender and sexuality. The majority of texts are British, but some New Zealand material will be included.

    Learning Objectives
    This course aims to introduce advanced students to a representative group of key Victorian texts,
    poetry, fiction and autobiography, and to provide the critical and cultural contexts in which they
    have been and are being read. The course is organised in terms of three central concerns of the
    period, issues of gender and sexuality, of religious doubt, and of empire.
    Students who pass the course will be able to:
    - be familiar with the texts studied on the course;
    - have an understanding of the cultural and historical contexts of these texts;
    - be familiar with the critical and theoretical contexts in which these texts have been and are
    currently being read;
    - develop their own critical and theoretical readings in formal academic writing.

    class test- 15%
    research essay- 20%
    close reading exercise- 25%
    exam- 40%

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