Faculty of Arts

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitEnglish
OfferedClayton Second semester 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr. Melinda Harvey


Previously coded ENH3330


The unit examines some of the major works to emerge during the 100-year period that begins with Queen Victoria's inauguration and ends with the start of World War II. In particular, we will explore what has been dubbed 'the turn' from representational realism to formal experimentation in literature. 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 Victorian and Modern sensibilities.


On successful completion of the unit students will have:

  1. A genuine familiarity with the key writers and works of this period.
  2. A critical understanding of the aesthetic, philosophical and social issues at stake in the literature of this period.
  3. Solid advanced undergraduate-level competence in the reading and interpretation of literary texts.


Written work: 55%
Examination (2 hours): 35%
Class Attendance: 10%

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

2 hours (1 lecture and 1 tutorial) per week or 24 contact hours per semester

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