ENG-20034 - Victorian Performances
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Level: Level 5
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
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Programme/Approved Electives for 2019/20


Available as a Free Standing Elective






Barred Combinations


Description for 2019/20

The Victorian age was an age of empire, industry, social reform and technological and scientific progress. These startling changes forced writers of the period to rethink the complex relationship between themselves, their writing and the world, relationships that were often figured afresh in terms of different kinds of performance and adaptation. From Browning's development of the dramatic monologue to adaptations of Dickens's novels for the stage, to the day-to-day social performances of class and gender identity that are explored and exploded in sensation fiction, this module will engage with the variety of new genres that were developed during this period and discuss ways in which the Victorian period has been performed through its literature.

To provide students with knowledge of the work of a range of authors and genres published during the Victorian period.
To offer an awareness of the importance of questions of socio-historical contexts in understanding the literary meaning of Victorian texts.
To provide insight into some of the critical and theoretical traditions (particularly the ideas surrounding literary performance) that have shaped the understanding of Victorian literature.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Employ analytic skills: close reading, description and analysis of form, meaning, and discourse: 1,2,3,

Communicate an awareness of the implications of particular generic forms on literary meaning and reading relationships: 1,2,3,

Show sensitivity to the potential complexity of literary language and critical discourse: 1,2,3,

Demonstrate research and planning skills and the ability to present that research effectively: 1,2,3,

Engage with a wide variety of critical discourses: 1,2,3,

Study hours

11 x 1-hour lectures
11 x 1-hour seminars
Reading and class preparation: 77 hours
Exam and writing preparation: 35 hours
Short exercise: 10 hours
Presentation preparation and writing: 5 hours
Exam: 1 hour

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Seen Exam weighted 60%
An exam covering two texts on the course
Students will select two questions from a list and will prepare two answers to be written during a two-hour exam.

2: Reflective Diary weighted 20%
Reflective Diary
A journal reflecting on primary and secondary reading. Students will write a reflective diary with entries on the texts studied on the module, and the independent secondary reading they have done alongside the primary reading. They will reflect on what they found interesting and/or challenging about the primary texts. Assignment length 1500 words.

3: Presentation weighted 20%
A 5-minute presentation on one of the set texts
Students will work in a group to prepare a presentation on one of the set texts from the course. This five-minute presentation should include context, close analysis, and reference to secondary reading.