Faculty of Arts

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedClayton First semester 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Melinda Harvey


Previously coded ENH3330


The unit examines some of the major works to emerge from the time of Queen Victoria's inauguration to the end 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. An advanced understanding of the key writers and works of this period.
  2. An advanced critical understanding of the aesthetic, philosophical and social issues at stake in the literature of this period.
  3. Advanced undergraduate-level competence in the reading,interpretation, researching and discussion of literary texts.


Written work: 80%
Class participation and activities: 20%

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Workload requirements

2 hours per week or 22 contact hours per semester

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


A cornerstone unit in Literary Studies or permission of unit coordinator.