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Subject details

At the completion of this subject 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.
    • Victorian literature and culture
    • Emily Bronte: Wuthering Heights
    • Poetry: Love and commerce
    • George Eliot: Middlemarch
    • Poetry: Madness, dreams and delerium
    • Poetry: Art and the politics of representation
    • Wilkie Collins: The Moonstone
    • Poetry: Rebellion and transgression
    • Sir Arthur Conan Doyle: A Study in Scarlet
    • Charles Dickens: Oliver Twist
    • Rudyard Kipling: Kim
    • Poetry: Transcendence, sex and death
  • Study resources

    • Instructional methods

      • Discussion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online assignment submission
      • Standard Media
    • Online materials

      • Resources and Links

Equivalent subjects

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

  • MAQ-ENG320

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

MAQ-ENGX120-Approaches to English Literature , or MAQ-ENG211, or MAQ-ENGX206-Gothic Visions: From Sublime to Suburban Gothic , or MAQ-ENGX209-Children's Literature

Special requirements

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    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 Students with an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion who have enrolled in units through OUA will be withdrawn.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 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.

  • Critical Essay (35%)
  • Research Essay (45%)
  • Participation (20%)

Textbook information is pending.

Related degrees

undergraduate MAQ-ART-DEG-2019

Bachelor of Arts

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  • Major in Ancient History
  • Major in English
  • Major in Modern History
  • Major in Philosophy
  • Major in Politics
  • Major in Society and Culture
  • Major in Sociology
  • Major in Creative Writing