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Undergraduate Course: Victorian and Edwardian City (ENLI10330)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryDuring the nineteenth century, Britain changed from an overwhelmingly rural society to a predominantly urban one. This course examines the ways in which writers attempted to come to terms with often bewilderingly rapid changes in urban life and landscape. Our investigations will trace how the modern city shaped contemporary texts and also how readers' ideas of the modern city were in turn shaped by those texts. Although the course is divided into five discrete sections, these are intended to overlap in a way that allows us to form more general conclusions about modernity and the city in Britain. Apart from the core texts, we will also examine contextual and theoretical material relevant to this topic.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: ( Literary Studies 1A (ENLI08020) AND Literary Studies 1B (ENLI08021) OR English Literature 1 (ENLI08001) AND Scottish Literature 1 (ENLI08016)) AND ( Literary Studies 2A: English Literature in the World, 1380-1788 (ENLI08024) OR Literary Studies 2B: English Literature in the World, post-1789 (ENLI08025) OR Scottish Literature 2A (ENLI08022) AND Scottish Literature 2B (ENLI08023) OR English Literature 2 (ENLI08003) AND Scottish Literature 2 (ENLI08004))
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs Essential course texts
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesA MINIMUM of three college/university level literature courses at grade B or above (should include no more than one introductory level literature course). Related courses such as civilisation or creative writing are not considered for admissions to this course.
Applicants should also note that, as with other popular courses, meeting the minimum does NOT guarantee admission. In making admissions decisions preference will be given to students who achieve above the minimum requirement with the typical visiting student admitted to this course having three to four literature classes at grade A.
High Demand Course? Yes
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Learning Outcomes
The aim of this course, is to provide students with a detailed understanding of the importance of the city, both physically and imaginatively in Victorian literature.

By the end of the course the student will gain an insight into key themes in Victorian literature: these will include representations of modernity in Victorian writing, social-problem fiction, the gothic, Degeneration and fin de si├Ęcle texts, and the New Woman novel.

The course will also provide essential critical/theoretical background knowledge for students wishing to focus their studies on the Victorian period and beyond.
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Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Special Arrangements Numbers are limited to 15 and students taking degrees not involving English or Scottish Literature need the written approval of the Head of English Literature.
Additional Class Delivery Information One hour per week for 10 weeks (autonomous learning group at times to be arranged)
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Jonathan Wild
Tel: (0131 6)51 3191
Course secretaryMs Sheila Strathdee
Tel: (0131 6)50 3619
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