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DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures : English Literature

Postgraduate Course: Romanticism and Victorian Society 1815-1900 (ENLI11141)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course picks up the strands of the semester 1 course on 'Enlightenment and Romanticism' - the romantic subject, the nation, gender and class hierarchies - and takes them forward into the nineteenth century. It traces their ramifications across a wide range of genres, and introduces students to the complexities of the interaction between literary and cultural formations in the Romantic and Victorian periods. The course is divided thematically rather than chronologically into five major sections, focusing on religion, science, nation and Empire, gender, and class. In each of these sections, established literary genres such as the novel, the romance, the lyric and the elegy (as well as a range of modes from the Gothic to the naturalistic) are brought into dialogue with other forms, including short stories, reviews, treatises, essays and lectures. The aim is to assess both the modifications that 'literary' and 'non-literary' texts undergo in response to each other, and the ways they reflect and in their turn influence social reality.
Course description Striving with God: Varieties of Religious Experience

Week 1. Lyrical Drama: P. B. Shelley, Prometheus Unbound (1818)
Week 2. Elegy: Alfred Tennyson, In Memoriam (1850)

Men Like Gods: Supernatural Nature and the Science of Humanity

Week 3. Gothic Romance: Mary Shelley, Frankenstein (1818/1831)
Week 4. Scientific Romance: H. G. Wells, The Island of Dr Moreau (1896)

Far Away and Long Ago: Adventures of Nation and Empire

Week 5. Historical Romance: Walter Scott, Ivanhoe (1819)
Week 6. Imperial Romance: H. Rider Haggard, King Solomon's Mines (1885)

Provincial Tragedies: Men and Women

Week 7. Realist Novel: George Eliot, Adam Bede (1859)
Week 8. Naturalist Novel: Thomas Hardy, Tess of the D'Urbervilles (1891)

London Lowlife: Poverty and Crime

Week 9. Social Melodrama: Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist (1838)
Week 10. Slum Fiction: Arthur Morrison, A Child of the Jago (1896)
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2017/18, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  30
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 176 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 4000 Word Essay (100%)
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No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. By the end of the course a student will be able to demonstrate competence in core skills in the advanced study of English Literature: independent research, essay planning and writing, group discussion, oral presentation, and small-group autonomous learning.
  2. By the end of the course a student will be able to critically analyse Romantic and Victorian fiction, poetry and non-fictional prose.
  3. By the end of the course a student will be able to show knowledge of the ways in which literary writing changed in response to religious, political, and scientific developments over the course of the nineteenth century.
  4. By the end of the course a student will be able to demonstrate the ability to reflect critically on textual production in relation to social formations and their conceptualisation.
  5. By the end of the course a student will be able to demonstrate an understanding of how ideas developed in political or historical discourses might borrow from and contribute to literary writing.
Reading List
Additional Background Reading

Week 2. Selections from the poetry of Alfred Tennyson, Robert Browning, G. M. Hopkins

Week 3. Humphry Davy, 'A Discourse Introductory to a Course of Lectures on Chemistry'; Lord Byron, 'Manfred'; Walter Scott's review of 'Frankenstein'

Week 4. Charles Darwin, extracts from 'The Descent of Man'; T. H. Huxley, 'Evolution and Ethics'

Week 5. Walter Scott, 'An Essay on Romance'; Robin Hood poems by Leigh Hunt, John Keats and John Hamilton Reynolds

Week 6. H. Rider Haggard, 'About Fiction'; Andrew Lang, 'Realism and Romance'; Rudyard Kipling, 'Fuzzy-Wuzzy'; Selections from 'Empire Writing: An Anthology of Colonial Literature, 1870-1918'

Week 7. George Eliot, 'Silly Novels by Lady Novelists'; John Ruskin, 'Of Queens' Gardens'; J. S. Mill, 'The Subjection of Women'

Week 8. Thomas Hardy, 'Candour in English Fiction'; Emile Zola, 'The Experimental Novel'

Week 9. Elizabeth B. Browning, 'The Cry of the Children', 'A Plea for the Ragged Schools of London'; Henry Mayhew, extracts from 'London Labour and the London Poor'

Week 10. William Booth, extracts from 'In Darkest England, and the Way Out'; Jack London, extract from 'The People of the Abyss'

Secondary Reading

M.H. Abrams, The Mirror and the Lamp (1953)

---, Natural Supernaturalism: Tradition and Revolution in Romantic Literature (1971)

Marshall Brown, ed. The Romantic Age, Cambridge History of Literary Criticism, vol. 5 (2008)

James Engell, The Creative Imagination: Enlightenment to Romanticism (1981)

Martha B. Helfer, Rereading Romanticism (2000)

Duncan Wu, ed. A Companion to Romanticism (1997)

Robin Gilmour, The Victorian Period: the Intellectual and Cultural Context of English Literature, 1830-1890 (1993)

Herbert Tucker, A Companion to Victorian Literature and Culture (1998)

Elisabeth Jay, Faith and Doubt in Victorian Britain (1986)

J. A. V. Chapple, Science and Literature in the Nineteenth Century (1986)

Tess Cosslett, ed., Science and Religion in the Nineteenth Century (1984)

Isobel Armstrong, Victorian Poetry: Poetry, Poetics and Politics (1993)

Matthew Campbell, Rhythm and Will in Victorian Poetry (1999)

Eric Griffiths, The Printed Voice of Victorian Poetry (1988)

Kirstie Blair, Victorian Poetry and the Culture of the Heart (2006)

Richard Cronin, et. al., eds. The Blackwell Companion to Victorian Poetry (2002)

Joseph Bristow, ed. The Cambridge Companion to Victorian Poetry (2000)

Gillian Beer, The Romance (1970)

Derek Brewer, 'The Nature of Romance,' Poetica 9 (1978)

Northrop Frye, The Secular Scripture: A Study of the Structure of Romance (1976)

Corinne Saunders, ed. A Companion to Romance: From Classical to Contemporary (2004)

Avrom Fleishman, The English Historical Novel: Walter Scott to Virginia Woolf (1971)

Gyorgy Lukács, The Historical Novel (1962)

Harold Orel, The Historical Novel from Scott to Sabatini: Changing Attitudes Toward a Literary Genre, 1814-1920 (1995)

Harry E. Shaw, The Forms of Historical Fiction: Sir Walter Scott and His Successors (1983)

Francis O'Gorman, ed., The Victorian Novel (2002)

Michael Wheeler, English Fiction of the Victorian Period, 1830-1890 (1994)

Gail Marshall, Victorian Fiction (2002)

Patrick Brantlinger and William B. Thesing, A Companion to the Victorian Novel (2002)

Deirdre David, ed. The Cambridge Companion to the Victorian Novel (2002)

Katherine Kearns, Nineteenth-century Literary Realism through the Looking-glass (1996)

George Levine, The Realistic Imagination (1981)

Dennis Walder, ed., The Realist Novel (1996)

Armstrong, Nancy, Desire and Domestic Fiction: A Political History of the Novel

Linda M. Shires, Rewriting the Victorians: Theory, History and the Politics of Gender (1992)

Michael Mason, The Making of Victorian Sexuality (1994)

Kimberley Reynolds and Nicola Humble, Victorian Heroines: Representations of Femininity in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Art (1993)

E. K. Helsinger, R. L. Sheets, W. Veeder, eds., The Woman Question: Society and Literature in Britain and America, 1837-1883 (1983)

Nina Auerbach, Woman and the Demon: The Life of a Victorian Myth (1982)

Langland, Elizabeth. Nobody's Angels: Middle-Class Women and Domestic Ideology in Victorian Culture (1995)

Martha Vicinus, ed., Suffer and Be Still: Women in the Victorian Age (1972)

---, A Widening Sphere: Changing Roles of Victorian Women (1977)

Regina Barreca, ed. Sex and Death in Victorian Literature (1990)

Linda M. Shires, Rewriting the Victorians: Theory, History and the Politics of Gender (1992)

Michael Mason, The Making of Victorian Sexuality (1994)

Sally Ledger, The New Woman: Fiction and Feminism at the Fin de Sie¿cle (1997)

Carolyn Christensen Nelson, ed. A New Woman Reader (2000)

Martha Vicinus, The Industrial Muse: A Study of Nineteenth Century British Working-class Literature (1974)

Pamela Fox, Class Fictions: Shame and Resistance in the British Working-Class Novel, 1890-1940 (1994)

Ian Haywood, Working-class Fiction: From Chartism to Trainspotting (1997)

H. Gustav Klaus, ed. The Literature of Labour: Two Hundred Years of Working-Class Writing (1985)

--- and Stephen Knight, eds. British Industrial Fictions (2000)

Peter Keating, The Working Classes in Victorian Fiction (1971)

S. Wise, The Blackest Streets: The Life and Death of a Victorian Slum (2008)

Seth Koven, Slumming: Sexual and Social Politics in Victorian London (2006)

Elleke Boehmer, Colonial and Postcolonial Literature: Migrant Metaphors (1995)

Dorothy Hammond, The Africa That Never Was: Four Centuries of British Writing About Africa (1970)

Patrick Brantlinger, Rule of Darkness: British Literature and Imperialism, 1830-1914 (1988)

Joseph Bristow, Empire Boys: Adventures in a Man¿s World (1991)

Martin Green, Dreams of Adventure, Deeds of Empire (1980)

Jeffrey Richards, ed. Imperialism and Juvenile Literature (1989)

Simon Dentith, Epic and Empire in Nineteenth-Century Britain (2006)

Laura Chrisman, Rereading the Imperial Romance (2000)

Daniel Bivona, British Imperial Literature, 1870-1940: Writing and the Administration of Empire (1998)

C. C. Eldridge, The Imperial Experience: From Carlyle to Forster (1996)

Julia Rawa, The Imperial Quest and Modern Memory from Conrad to Greene (2005)

Sally Ledger and Scott McCracken, eds., Cultural Politics at the Fin de Siècle (1995)

Sally Ledger and Roger Luckhurst, eds., The Fin de Siècle: A Reader in Cultural History c.1880-1900 (2000)

Nicholas Daly, Modernism, Romance, and the Fin de Siècle: Popular Fiction and British Culture, 1880-1914 (1999)

Daniel Pick, Faces of Degeneration: A European Disorder, c. 1848-1918 (1989)

William Greenslade, Degeneration, Culture and the Novel, 1880-1940 (1994)

Stephen Arata, Fictions of Loss in the Victorian Fin de Siècle (1996)

Gail Marshall, ed. The Cambridge Companion to the Fin de Siècle (2007)

Peter Keating, The Haunted Study: A Social History of the English Novel 1875-1914 (1989)
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Special Arrangements No UG version.
Course organiserDr Anna Vaninskaya
Tel: (0131 6)50 4284
Course secretaryMiss Kara Mccormack
Tel: (0131 6)50 3030
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