Postgraduate Course: The Victorians and the Past (ENLI11136)
|School||School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||Few things can tell us more about a society than its sense of the past. Much of what we think of as modern had its origins in the Victorian period, but the Victorians themselves were obsessed with what came before. And for good reason. New disciplines such as geology, palaeontology, archaeology, philology, anthropology, and comparative folklore had unearthed a bewildering variety of hitherto unsuspected pasts. New schools, museums, and publishing practices diffused the knowledge to a wider public than ever before. Political, religious, scientific, and literary debates were conducted in terms of competing understandings of history. The Victorians rewrote and appropriated the past in order to further their own ideological agendas, and made it a warning or an exemplar for their contemporaries. In this course we will survey several broad areas that loomed large in the Victorian and Edwardian imagination via poetry, fiction and a wide range of non-fictional texts. We will examine literature as one part of a complex interdisciplinary network of knowledge creation, and explore how writers tried to construct, preserve, or discredit different versions of the past.
2. The Sciences of Prehistory
3. The Romance of Prehistory
4. Myths and Folk Tales
5. National Origins
6. The Fairy Story of England
7. Ancient Civilisations
8. Time Travels in Antiquity
9. Arthurian Medievalism
10. Gothic Revivals
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
|Additional Costs|| Essential course texts
Course Delivery Information
|Not being delivered|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- 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.
- By the end of the course a student will be able to critically analyse a wide variety of Romantic, Victorian and Edwardian forms of writing.
- By the end of the course a student will be able to demonstrate understanding of how different nineteenth and early twentieth-century writers tried to construct, preserve, or discredit different versions of the past.
- By the end of the course a student will be able to show knowledge of the range of disciplinary contexts out of which the selected texts emerged and with which they engaged.
- By the end of the course a student will be able to put into dialogue 'literary' and 'non-literary' sources and trace continuities across periods and genres.
|Extracts from a selection of primary readings will be made available via Learn.|
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr Anna Vaninskaya
Tel: (0131 6)50 4284
|Course secretary||Miss Kara McCormack
Tel: (0131 6)50 3030