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EL35GK: MIND AND MONSTROSITY: REALISM AND THE GOTHIC IN THE LONG 19TH CENTURY (2016-2017)

Last modified: 16 Nov 2016 18:19


Course Overview

Exploring connections between Gothic monstrosity and psychological realism, this course investigates an exciting range of texts and contexts from the long nineteenth century. Focusing on novels from 1789-1914, with some attention to other genres and adaptations, we ask what it means to be human, and how cultural anxieties and scientific/technological developments have affected literature (and vice versa). From doubling to degeneration, madness to the metropolis, villain to vampire, empire to the threat of extinction, we examine the work of writers such as Mary Shelley, Dickens, Poe, Charlotte and Emily Brontë, Wilkie Collins, George Eliot, Bram Stoker and H.G. Wells.​

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Old Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Alexandra Lewis

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • English (EL)
  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

Exploring connections between Gothic monstrosity and psychological realism, this course gives us the opportunity to investigate an exciting range of texts and contexts from the long nineteenth century. Focusing primarily on novels from the period 1789 to 1914, with some attention to other genres (such as the short story) as well as neo-Victorian and twenty-first-century responses to or adaptations of the nineteenth-century Gothic, we will investigate the ways that cultural anxieties and scientific and technological developments have historically affected literature (and vice versa). What does it mean to be human? How has this question been raised within the Gothic and realist traditions at different cultural moments? What sorts of monsters terrify or haunt us and how do they evolve to keep pace with the gaps in our certainties? From doubling to degeneration, madness to the metropolis, villain to vampire, empire to the threat of extinction, this course examines the work of writers such as Mary Shelley, Charles Dickens, Edgar Allan Poe, Charlotte and Emily Brontë, Wilkie Collins, George Eliot, Bram Stoker and H.G. Wells.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

None.

Contact Teaching Time

33 hours

This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.

Teaching Breakdown


Assessment

1st Attempt
  • Two 2500-word essays (40% each)
  • Group presentation (10%)
  • SAM (10%)
Resit
  • 3000-word essay (100%)

Formative Assessment

None.

Feedback

Formative and summative assessment will be provided via written feedback on assessed work. Students will also be encouraged to discuss their progress with their tutor​.​

Detailed written feedback on the essays. Detailed oral and written feedback on the presentations and SAM.

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