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2011/12 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

ENGL3351 Forming Victorian Fiction

20 creditsClass Size: 30

English

Module manager: Louisa Hodgson
Email: l.j.c.hodgson@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2011/12

Module replaces

ENGL3875

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

This module explores the development of the novel during the early-Victorian period, focussing primarily on the decade of the 1840s. It traces the emergence of some of the most distinctive and influential forms of Victorian fiction, including the serialized novel, realist fiction (so-called 'industrial' or 'social-problem' novels), the bildungsroman (novel of education) and related forms of auto/biographical fiction, and the gothic romance. The module considers the first generation of Victorian novelists in terms of their transitional significance as the first post-Romantic writers of the nineteenth century.

Objectives

The module aims to examine the development of the novel during the early-Victorian period. Focussing primarily on the decade of the 1840s, it traces the emergence of some of the most distinctive and influential forms of Victorian fiction, including the serialized novel, realist fiction (so-called 'industrial' or 'social-problem' novels), the bildungsroman (novel of education) and related forms of auto/biographical fiction, and the gothic romance. The module also considers the first generation of Victorian novelists in terms of their transitional significance as post-Romantic writers.

Learning outcomes
The module will provide students with a detailed understanding of the emergence of the Victorian novel as a literary form, encompassing a variety of genres. It will also provide an extensive knowledge of the early-Victorian period (1830s to 1850s), both in terms of its major literary concerns and its relation to earlier and later periods of the nineteenth century.

Skills outcomes
- Skills for effective communication, oral and written.
- Capacity to analyse and critically examine diverse forms of discourse.
- Ability to acquire quantities of complex information of diverse kinds in a structured and systematic way.
- Capacity for independent thought and judgement.
- Critical reasoning.
- Research skills, including information retrieval skills, the organisation of material, and the evaluation of its importance.
- IT skills.
- Time management and organisational skills.
- Independent learning.


Syllabus

The module will feature a selection of texts by some of the most important early-Victorian novelists, including Charles Dickens, William Thackeray, Elizabeth Gaskell, and the Bront√ęs.

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Meetings51.005.00
Seminar101.0010.00
Private study hours185.00
Total Contact hours15.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

- Teaching will be through weekly seminars (10 x 1 hour) plus up to 5 additional hours (content to be determined by the module tutor).
- The 5 additional hours may include lectures, plenary sessions, film showings, or the return of unassessed/assessed essays.

Private study time will be focussed on reading primary and secondary material to prepare for seminars (a secondary reading list is provided in addition to the list of set texts) and the required essay assessment.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

- Contribution to seminars
- Unassessed essay (week 7).

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information


Coursework
Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay4,000 words100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

One unassessed essay of 1,700 words is required. This does not form part of the assessment for this module, but is a requirement and MUST be submitted. Students who fail to submit the unassessed essay will be awarded a maximum mark of 40 for the module (a bare Pass).

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 03/08/2012

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