Victorian Literary Culture - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 3
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: Sem2
  • Assessment: Essay 1 (30%) , Essay 2 (45%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 793.00
HECS 793.00
International 1,043.00

This unit was previously known as ENG320 Victorian Literary Culture.

This unit is designed to introduce the many facets of literary culture that comprise Victorianism in the modern academy. Beginning with the question of what it is to be Victorian, the unit will survey a diverse selection of literary texts and explore their relationship to the central artistic, political and cultural debates endemic to the Victorian age. The unit explores such issues as the emergence of popular forms of literature, the intersection between political engagement and literary production and the connection between literary discourse and the development of women's rights.

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. display intimate knowledge of a range of Victorian literary texts and cultural forms
  2. develop analytical and research skills that can be applied to past and present cultural and literary debates
  3. learn to communicate historical and theoretical concepts
  4. develop a greater understanding of the impact on contemporary culture of Victorian notions of gender, race, class, popular and high culture, technology, ethics, identity, progress and civilisation
  5. understand nineteenth century transformations of concepts of genre and literary value that remain pertinent to modern theoretical and institutional controversies.
  • Essay 1 (30%)
  • Essay 2 (45%)
  • Online Discussion (10%)
  • Report (15%)

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • ENG320 — Victorian Literary Culture

Mandatory prerequisites

You must have successfully completed the following unit(s) before starting this unit:

If you have completed equivalent study at another university, please contact a Student Advisor for advice.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Victorian literature and culture
2Emily Bronte: Wuthering Heights
3Poetry: Love and commerce
4George Eliot: Middlemarch
5Poetry: Madness, dreams and delerium
6Poetry: Art and the politics of representation
7Wilkie Collins: The Moonstone
8Poetry: Rebellion and transgression
9Sir Arthur Conan Doyle: A Study in Scarlet
10Charles Dickens: Oliver Twist
11Rudyard Kipling: Kim
12Poetry: Transcendence, sex and death

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Standard Media

Online materials

  • Resources and Links

This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

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