English: Victorian Literature MA Add to your prospectus

  • Programme duration: Full-time: 12 months   Part-time: 24 months
  • Programme start: September 2019
  • Entry requirements: You will need a good 2:1 class Bachelors degree in English studies or a similar subject.
English Victorian Literature ma

Module details

Students opting for the Victorian Literature pathway are required to take at least 60 credits from the specialist modules listed below (including compulsory modules Society and Sympathy: Victorian Realism and Victorian Poetry) in addition to the core modules (Research Skills, Dissertation Project, Dissertation). The remaining 30 elective credits can be taken in any other pathway run by the Department of English or across the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. 

Compulsory modules

Research Skills (literature) (ENGL601)
LevelM
Credit level15
SemesterFirst Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims
  • To equip the department''s postgraduate students with the necessary research skills to make effective, critical interventions in the world of the professional study of English Literature.

  • ​To equip students with the necessary presentational skills for advanced study in English Literature, including bibliographic and referencing conventions.


  • Learning Outcomes

    By the end of this module, students will be able to:

    Demonstrate imaginative,discriminating and systematic use of the wide range of traditional and electronic resources available for producing bibliographies.

    ​​Demonstrate effective presentational skills for advanced literary study

    ​Critically evaluate secondary literature and demonstrate advanced skills in reviewing current scholarship

    Society and Sympathy: VIctorian Realism (ENGL723)
    LevelM
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims
  • ​ Students will examine the development of Victorian realism alongside the emergence of the novel as the primary literary genre of the period. Specific texts and genre conventions will be discussed as well as  ​
  • ​Students will explore a range of Victorian novels and evaluate how they engage with genre conventions

  • ​Students will develop an appreciation of key contextual issues including religion, scientific thought, gender, transformations of power (commercial, industrial, and political), and empire.


  • Learning OutcomesOn completing the module, students will be able to:
    Identify the key conventions of Victorian realism and use them to present cogent wirtten and oral arguments

    Demonstrate an advanced and systematic understanding of the development of Victorian realism alongside the emergence of the novel as the primary literary genre of the period,

    Evaluate the moral and social aims of realist writers within the period as well as the significance of other contextual issues,

    Critically assess the ways in which Victorian writers have approached the representation of social and psychological reality.

    Demonstrate a critical awareness of Victorian and post-Victorian literary, critical  and theoretical responses to realist work.

    Victorian Poetry (ENGL724)
    LevelM
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims
  • That students should develop an awareness of the variety and complexity of poetics in the Victorian period.​

  • That students should gain a strong working knowledge of the literary and social contexts of Victorian poetry; for example the role of poetry in relation to other literary forms (such as the novel), or poetry''s place in a post-industrial society.​

  • That students should be familiar and comfortable with the formal and stylistic aspects of Victorian poetry, and the way in which they contribute to our readings.​

  • That students should gain confidence in dealing with the many critical conceptualizations of Victorian poetry, both within the period and since; and how these have contributed to our understanding​

  • Learning Outcomes

    An advanced knowledge of the various different modes and genres within the Victorian poetic canon.​

    The ability to critically read Victorian poetry in its contexts, and apply this knowledge effectively to produce original readings and individual argument.​

    The ability to recognize and evaluate the implications of nineteenth-century poetic form, and communicate this in written assessment.​

    A detailed knowledge of certain individual areas (authors, genres, contexts) within Victorian poetry. ​

    A sophisticated conceptual grasp of Victorian poetics and the critical responses to it, and the ability to apply this to the formation of original arguments.​

    Dissertation Project (ENGL603)
    LevelM
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims
    ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The aim of this module is for students to:

    1. ​Set out the main lines of a research enquiry, its divisions and possible resources. 
    2. ​Undertake independent research to identify and evaluate key reading and critical contexts for the proposed topic. The object at this stage is not to try to ''solve'' or ''conclude'' or ''cover'' the proposed topic: a much more throughgoing examination of the topic will be proper to the dissertation itself. 
      Learning Outcomes​​By the end of this module, students will be able to:

      Demonstrate critical thinking and research skills in formulating an appropriate research question


      ​Demonstrate advanced knowledge and understanding of their subject area through critical evaluation of current scholarship

      ​Develop strategies to explain and defend their proposed project through oral presentation

      ​Demonstrate the ability to communicate in written form the feasibility of their proposed project for Dissertation 

      Dissertation (literature) (ENGL602)
      LevelM
      Credit level60
      SemesterSummer (June-September)
      Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
      Aims
    1. The aim of the dissertation will be to produce a coherent argument on an appropriate topic, supported by appropriate evidence and presented with proper documentation, including a bibliography.  


    2. The dissertation will be the result of systematic study and should show some awareness of the existing state of scholarly/critical knowledge and opinion in the field.​​
    3. The student will build on skills developed in the Research Skills module and on the lessons of the preliminary research or feasibility study undertaken for the Dissertation Project module (ENGL603). ​
    4. Learning Outcomes

      By the end of the module students should have demonstrated an ability to investigate their chosen topic in some depth, drawing as appropriate on relevant published research and criticism, and constructing an original argument to arrive at explicitly justified interpretations and conclusions.

      Over the course of the module students should acquire knowledge of current state of research appropriate to their chosen project and the ability to work independently at a level appropriate to postgraduate study. 

      By the end of the module students should be able to apply appropriate writing and presentation skills over a sustained piece of work. ​

      Optional modules

      Romantic VIctorians (ENGL735)
      LevelM
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
      Aims
    5. ​That students should understand the debates around periodization in the early nineteenth century, and in particular how the terms ''Romantic'' and ''Victorian have been critically conceptualized.​

    6. ​That students should gain a wide knowledge of how Romantic writers were received, written about, and engaged with in the Victorian period.​

    7. ​​That students should gain detailed knowledge of certain specific engagements with Romantic writing by individual Victorian writers.​

    8. ​That students should understand how various literary themes and concerns found in Victorian writing were implicated in patterns of resistance and influence with Romantic predecessors.​

    9. Learning Outcomes

      ​By completion of the module, students will have:

      The ability to examine problems of literary change in relation to specific literary historical examples.​

      ​A sytematic understanding of the nature of the complex transition from Romantic to Victorian, informed by a careful scrutiny of both links and differences between the periods.​

      ​The ability to formulate and develop comparative work on the inter-relationship between writers from the early and later nineteenth century with regard to major concerns and changes of the times.​

      ​An advanced understanding of the critical complexities (and difficulties) involved in periodization within literary studies.​

      Victorian Fears, Fantasies and Fairy Tales (ENGL725)
      LevelM
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
      Aims
    10. ​To provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the range of Gothic, fantasy and other non-realist literatures of the Victorian era and their relationship to the realist genre.

    11. ​To provide students with advanced knowledge of key critical and theoretical debates surrounding Gothic, fantasy and other non-realist genres.

    12. To develop students'' ability to employ appropriate critical methods and theoretical perspectives in their reading of non-realist literatures.​

    13. ​To develop students'' skills of critical writing, combining detailed textual analysis with appropriate conceptual material and theoretical perspectives.

    14. Learning Outcomes

      ​Students will acquire a comprehensive and detailed understanding of the range of non-realist literatures - including Gothic, fantasy and fairy-tale - of the Victorian era and their relationship(s) to the realist tradition.

      ​Students will develop a critical understanding of the ways in which literatures of the fantastic respond to and emerge from the cultural, political, religious and other contexts of the Victorian era.

      Students will become familiar with, and be able to critically evaluate, existing scholarly literature in the field, gaining insight into critical approaches to and debates surrounding the analysis of non-realist literary genres.​

      Students will enhance their proficieny in academic writing and will be able to demonstrate advanced skills of close textual analysis and knowledge of relevant critical perspectives while employing an appropriate academic voice.​

      Victorian Cultures (ENGL726)
      LevelM
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
      Aims
      1. ​To develop students’ ability to problematize and question ideas of ''culture'', and how they are deployed in (and in relation to) the Victorian period.​
      2. ​To develop students'' awareness of issues around the formation of the literary canon in (and in relation to) the Victorian period.​

      3. ​​To extend students'' knowledge of the range and variety of Victorian literature, particularly in relation to drama, journalism, and other non-fictional prose.​
      4. ​To encourage interdisciplinary awareness by introducing students to a range of primary materials from the Victorian period, both literary and non-literary.​

      Learning Outcomes

      ​A detailed knowledge of a series of key debates in the Victorian period, and their critical contexts.

      ​A critical appreciation of, and ability to analyse, the nature and extent of interdisciplinary and inter-generic work in the period.

      ​Advanced knowledge of how a wide range of cultural ideas and other nonliterary material relate to and inform literary work of the period.​

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      ​The ability to undertake independent archival work, and an understanding of how to apply this research to interdisciplinary and critical study in the Victorian period.​

      Victorian Afterlives (ENGL736)
      LevelM
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
      Aims
    15. ​The module encourages students to reflect upon and examine the distance in time and in culture between the Victorians and their subsequent interpreters.​

    16. ​To critically examine twentieth and twenty-first century critical analysis of the Victorian period and its literature​

    17. ​To consider literary and filmic rewritings of texts​

    18. ​To evaluate the continuities and differences between the Victorians and their later critics, commentators and interpreters through the legacy of questioning produced by the Victorians themselves

    19. Learning Outcomes

      ​On successful completion of the module students will have:

      The ability to use and question key critical and theoretical approaches to Victorian literature and culture​

      ​​A comprehensive understanding of influential readings, rewritings and interpretations, both critical and creative, of Victorian literature and culture​

      ​A systematic understanding and critical appreciation of the continuing legacies of the Victorian period in the subsequent culture​