ENGL 2051 - Literature and Society in Victorian Britain
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2021
General Course Information
Course Code ENGL 2051 Course Literature and Society in Victorian Britain Coordinating Unit English and Creative Writing Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 3 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Prerequisites At least 12 units of Level I undergraduate study Assumed Knowledge Familiarity with the reading & analysis of literary texts equivalent to Level I English standard Course Description The nineteenth century witnessed extraordinary social and cultural change in Britain, from the rise of industrial capitalism to the emancipation of women, from the decline of Christian belief to the growth of Empire, from urbanisation to the emergence of mass literacy. This course will introduce students to some significant texts and literary movements of the period, in the wider context of social transformation and emerging literary practices. Issues to be considered will include the establishment of the novel as the dominant literary genre, the ways in which social values are encoded and contested in literary texts, and the relationship of traditional and experimental practices in poetic forms. The course aims to develop students' analytic and critical skills through an engagement with a range of issues and methodologies in literary studies.
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Course Learning Outcomes1. Understand and interpret key Victorian texts.
2. Explain key aspects of Victorian literary genres, including the novel and poetry.
3. Read and interpret literary criticism and apply it within an academic argument.
4. Locate and access appropriate primary and secondary sources.
5. Evaluate critical arguments about Victorian realism and incorporate into their own arguments.
6. Write logical and coherent arguments based on evidence, and engage in critical debate.
7. Work with others in the exploration of ideas and the negotiation of solutions to problems.
8. Use technologies relevant to the University learning environment.
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This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Deep discipline knowledge
- informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
- acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
- accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
1,2,3,4,5 Critical thinking and problem solving
- steeped in research methods and rigor
- based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
- demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
1,2,3,4,5 Teamwork and communication skills
- developed from, with, and via the SGDE
- honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
- encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
6,7,8 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
6,7,8 Intercultural and ethical competency
- adept at operating in other cultures
- comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
- able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
- demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
1,2 Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
- a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
- open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
- able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
Required ResourcesPrimary texts:
Bronte, Charlotte. Jane Eyre
Dickens, Charles. Hard Times.
Eliot, George. Middlemarch.
Conrad, Joseph. Heart of Darkness.
Selected Victorian poetry will be availble in Course Readings on MyUni.
Recommended ResourcesThere are many useful secondary reources on Victorian literature. The following are recommended, but there are many others available through the Bar Smith library.
Brantlinger, Patrick and William B. Thesing. A Companion to the Victorian Novel. Blackwell, 2002.
Bristow, Joseph. The Cambridge Companion to Victorian Poetry. Cambridge UP, 2000.
David, Deidre. The Cambridge Companion to the Victorian Novel. Cambridge UP, 2001.
Purchase, Sean. Key Concepts in Victorian Literature. Palgrave Key Concepts Series.
The Bar Smith Library has a useful page of resources for studying literature generally: http://linguides.adelaide.edu.au/english
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesStudents are expected to read and have a thorough knowledge of five novels and a small number of Victorian poems. Lectures will introduce the historical background of the Victorian period, and cover the production, reception and interpretation of the set texts, always situating them within this historical context. Seminars will involve student presentations on research questions related to the set texts, close reading exercises, and both small and large group discussion of textual interpretations and literary criticism. Seminars are designed to increase student engagement with Victorian literary texts, to encourage student participation in literary criticism and debate, and to nurture student research interests.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.Students will commit a total of 156 hours over the semester.
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Assessment SummaryAssessment tasks may include preparing for and leading a group discussion, essays and poetry analysis.
Assessment Related RequirementsStudents are expected to have read the set texts before the lecture. Note that attendance at seminars is a requirement of this course.
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M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
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