Course module - Reading the 19th Century
Code : ENGL20032 Credit rating: 20 Semester : 2
- To encourage the use of a range of theoretical and critical approaches in the close reading of poetry and prose;
- To make students aware of different literary genres, and the main lines of development of poetry and fiction in the period;
- To enable students to situate literary texts within their historical, social, political and cultural contexts;
- To examine the relation between literary discourse and ideology in the period;
- To stir an interest in 19th-century literature and culture.
- A detailed and convincing knowledge of a wide range of texts, and the ability to give close readings of them;
- An ability to think through different critical and theoretical approaches to reading texts, and the acquisition of a critical vocabulary;
- An awareness of the relations between texts and the historical moments of their production and reception;
- Skills in written expression and the organisation of a coherent argument appropriate to work that will contribute to the final degree classification.
Objectives (Learning Outcomes)
By the end of the course, students should demonstrate:
One 2,500-word essay (40%); one 2-hour unseen written examination (60%).
The essay and exam questions will all be comparative, so students will need to write on six of the set texts in all.
The use of dictionaries in the examination is prohibited. This rule applies to all categories of students, including all Visiting Students.
THIS COURSE IS NOT AVAILABLE AS FREE CHOICE.
Reading the Nineteenth Century: Lecture Programme
1) Reading the Nineteenth Century: An Introduction* - Dr Michael Sanders
2) J. Keats, 'Hyperion'* & 'The Fall of Hyperion'* - Professor Jeremy Tambling
3) P.B. Shelley, 'The Triumph of Life'* - Professor Jeremy Tambling
4) C. Bronte, Shirley - Dr Michael Sanders
5) Chartist Poetry* - Dr Michael Sanders
6) A. Tennyson, In Memoriam - Dr Michael Sanders
7) C. Dickens, Great Expectations - Professor Jeremy Tambling
8) M. Arnold, Culture & Anarchy - Professor Jeremy Tambling
9) G. Eliot, Middlemarch - Dr Michael Sanders
10) G. Eliot, Middlemarch - Dr Michael Sanders
11) G.M Hopkins - Professor Jeremy Tambling
12) J. Ruskin, 'Stones of Venice'* & Revision - Professor Jeremy Tambling
* indicates texts which will be available on Blackboard, students are expected to purchase those texts without an asterisk.
Sanders, Dr Michael
PROVISIONAL TIMETABLE FOR 2012-2013
Lecture: Wednesday, 11.00-1.00
Seminars: T B A
One 2-hour lecture and one 1-hour seminar per week.
The texts set for study may vary from year to year, but the following is an indicative list:
Keats, Selected Poems
Austen, 'Mansfield Park'
Shelley, Selected Poems
Dickens, 'Great Expectations'
Tennyson, 'In Memoriam'
Hopkins, Selected Poetry
Ruskin, 'The Nature of Gothic'