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Unit information: Literature 4 (1830-1945) in 2018/19

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Unit name Literature 4 (1830-1945)
Unit code ENGL30101
Credit points 40
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Andrew Blades
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of English
Faculty Faculty of Arts


This unit focuses on literature of the Victorian period and the early decades of the twentieth century. Poets to be studied might include Tennyson, Browning, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Christina Rossetti, Clough, Hopkins, Hardy, Yeats, Eliot, Auden; prose writers might include the Brontës, Thackeray, Dickens, George Eliot, Hardy, James, Conrad, Ford, Lawrence, Joyce, Forster, Woolf, Bowen; dramatists might include Wilde or Shaw.


The aim of this unit is to give students a grounding in Literature of the 19th and early 19th centuries; to give students an understanding of the distinctive qualities of literature of this period; and to give students an understanding of the distinctive qualities of some important writers of the period.

Intended learning outcomes

Learning objectives include the ability to develop and express, in lucid and correct prose, cogent arguments in essays; the ability to select and analyse pertinent passages from the literary text that would support such arguments; the ability to make intelligent use of secondary criticism and theoretical perspectives (where appropriate); mastery of the technical vocabulary and analytical tools of literary criticism and of the conventions of academic style and referencing.

Teaching details

4 1-hour Lectures, 1 1-hour tutorials, per week, plus 1-to-1 discussion in Consultation Hours, where desired.

Assessment Details

2 summative essays of 3,000 words (50% each).

Reading and References

Detailed reading lists will be provided by individual tutors prior to the start of teaching.