Revolution, Evolution, Humanity: Literature and Change in the Long Nineteenth Century
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- 24 Jul 2023
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On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to
- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of specific texts and literary movements of the long nineteenth century in Britain.
- Articulate links between literary texts and the cultural contexts that surround their production.
- Exhibit skills in close textual analysis.
- Communicate arguments about literature, culture and aesthetic ideas in oral and written forms whilst engaging with other points of view.
- Deploy research skills in order to support arguments about literary texts.
- A week-by-week guide to the topics you will explore in this subject will be provided in your study materials.
You must have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject:one of
- MAQ-ENGX1001-Literature: Medieval to Modern
- MAQ-ENGX120-Approaches to English Literature (No longer available)
Pre-requisite: 40cp at 1000 level or above
- Other requirements -
Students who have an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion under Macquarie University's Academic Progression Policy are not permitted to enrol in OUA units offered by Macquarie University. Students with an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion who have enrolled in units through OUA will be withdrawn.
This unit introduces students to a selection of texts produced during the "long" nineteenth century in Britain, covering a period from the French Revolution of 1789 to the first decade of the twentieth century. The novels and poems you will study helped to create new visions of the human, creating and responding to changing worldviews about many facets of social life: political, scientific and artistic. Major figures such as Jane Austen, William Wordsworth, Emily Bronte, Christina Rossetti and George Eliot will be studied alongside lesser-known innovators such as Charlotte Smith, John Clare and Augusta Webster. The unit will explore how these writers used literature to respond to the most challenging and divisive issues of their time in a way that still speaks to modern readers and created the foundation of the world we live in today.
- Forum Participation (20%)
- Weekly Quizzes (10%)
- Textual Analysis Task (25%)
- Research Essay (45%)
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