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Victorian Literature (6 points)


Leader: Dr Alan Dilnot

Not offered in 2003.

Synopsis: This unit examines some of the major works to emerge during the early Victorian period (1837-1870), with particular attention to the work of Dickens. Reference will be made to social changes and to the trends of thought accompanying these changes wherever this helps to suggest the chief characteristics of early Victorian sensibilities. Certain topics will receive special attention: childhood and education, women and marriage, industrialisation, class-consciousness and concepts of social interaction.

Assessment: Class presentation (1000 words): 20% + Essay (1500 words): 30% + Examination (2 hours): 40% + Seminar participation: 10%

Contact Hours: 2 hours (1 lecture and 1 tutorial) per week

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