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ENGL314 – Victorian Literary Culture

2017 – S2 Day

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit Convenor
Lee O'Brien
Contact via lee.obrien@mq.edu.au
Australian Hearing Hub, level 2
Tuesday 3-4pm
Credit points Credit points
3
Prerequisites Prerequisites
6cp in ENGL units at 200 level
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description
This unit asks the question – what does 'Victorian' mean as a literary and cultural category? Faced with rapid urbanisation, industrialisation, and imperial expansion, nineteenth century writers responded with energy and passion, participating in the construction of an increasingly diverse literary marketplace. This was the period when the novel, poetry, the popular essay and journalism were radically redefining the cultural and public sphere. This was also the age of emerging mass readerships and literary celebrities. Taking a selection of texts as a starting point, this unit explores Victorian literary culture as dynamic, diverse, and self-consciously modern.

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Learning Outcomes

  1. to develop the capacity to read and respond to a range of Victorian literary texts
  2. develop analytical and research skills that can be applied to both past and present cultural and literary debates
  3. learn to communicate historical and theoretical concepts in both oral and written form
  4. develop a greater understanding of the profound impact on contemporary culture of Victorian ideas of gender, race, class, popular and high culture, technology, ethics, identity, progress and civilisation
  5. understand the nineteenth century transformations of concepts of genre and literary value that still continue to invigorate modern theoretical and institutional controversies.
  6. develop the ability to engage in informed critical discussion on unit content with peers and tutor(s), to respond to others’ points of view, and to argue a critical position

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
Short Critical Essay 25% 30 August
Research Essay 40% 9 November
Tutorial Participation 20% Each teaching week of semester
Tutorial Presentation 15% Relevant week during semester

Short Critical Essay

Due: 30 August
Weighting: 25%

750w critical analysis


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • to develop the capacity to read and respond to a range of Victorian literary texts
  • develop analytical and research skills that can be applied to both past and present cultural and literary debates
  • learn to communicate historical and theoretical concepts in both oral and written form
  • develop a greater understanding of the profound impact on contemporary culture of Victorian ideas of gender, race, class, popular and high culture, technology, ethics, identity, progress and civilisation
  • understand the nineteenth century transformations of concepts of genre and literary value that still continue to invigorate modern theoretical and institutional controversies.
  • develop the ability to engage in informed critical discussion on unit content with peers and tutor(s), to respond to others’ points of view, and to argue a critical position

Research Essay

Due: 9 November
Weighting: 40%

Research essay, 3000 words


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • to develop the capacity to read and respond to a range of Victorian literary texts
  • develop analytical and research skills that can be applied to both past and present cultural and literary debates
  • learn to communicate historical and theoretical concepts in both oral and written form
  • develop a greater understanding of the profound impact on contemporary culture of Victorian ideas of gender, race, class, popular and high culture, technology, ethics, identity, progress and civilisation
  • understand the nineteenth century transformations of concepts of genre and literary value that still continue to invigorate modern theoretical and institutional controversies.

Tutorial Participation

Due: Each teaching week of semester
Weighting: 20%

Preparation, active and relevant participation in class discussion.


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • to develop the capacity to read and respond to a range of Victorian literary texts
  • develop analytical and research skills that can be applied to both past and present cultural and literary debates
  • learn to communicate historical and theoretical concepts in both oral and written form
  • develop a greater understanding of the profound impact on contemporary culture of Victorian ideas of gender, race, class, popular and high culture, technology, ethics, identity, progress and civilisation
  • understand the nineteenth century transformations of concepts of genre and literary value that still continue to invigorate modern theoretical and institutional controversies.
  • develop the ability to engage in informed critical discussion on unit content with peers and tutor(s), to respond to others’ points of view, and to argue a critical position

Tutorial Presentation

Due: Relevant week during semester
Weighting: 15%

A class presentation based on one of the tutorial topics in the week of your chosen text. 


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • to develop the capacity to read and respond to a range of Victorian literary texts
  • develop analytical and research skills that can be applied to both past and present cultural and literary debates
  • learn to communicate historical and theoretical concepts in both oral and written form
  • develop a greater understanding of the profound impact on contemporary culture of Victorian ideas of gender, race, class, popular and high culture, technology, ethics, identity, progress and civilisation
  • understand the nineteenth century transformations of concepts of genre and literary value that still continue to invigorate modern theoretical and institutional controversies.

Delivery and Resources

There is one lecture and one tutorial per week. Lectures and tutorials start in week 1. For detailed information about the unit, please see the unit's iLearn site.

Required reading: (in the order in which the novels are studied; poetry and novel are taught in alternate weeks):

1. Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist

2. Emily Bronte, Wuthering Heights

3. Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone

4. George Eliot, Middlemarch

5. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, A Study in Scarlet

The Victorian Age, Volume E, The Norton Anthology of English Literature. I use the Norton Anthology for the poetry (and some prose).  Any additional poems will be provided by web link on the iLearn site.

Unit Schedule

Please see the unit's iLearn site for the Unit Schedule.

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Academic Honesty Policy http://mq.edu.au/policy/docs/academic_honesty/policy.html

Assessment Policy http://mq.edu.au/policy/docs/assessment/policy_2016.html

Grade Appeal Policy http://mq.edu.au/policy/docs/gradeappeal/policy.html

Complaint Management Procedure for Students and Members of the Public http://www.mq.edu.au/policy/docs/complaint_management/procedure.html​

Disruption to Studies Policy (in effect until Dec 4th, 2017): http://www.mq.edu.au/policy/docs/disruption_studies/policy.html

Special Consideration Policy (in effect from Dec 4th, 2017): https://staff.mq.edu.au/work/strategy-planning-and-governance/university-policies-and-procedures/policies/special-consideration

In addition, a number of other policies can be found in the Learning and Teaching Category of Policy Central.

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Graduate Capabilities

Socially and Environmentally Active and Responsible

We want our graduates to be aware of and have respect for self and others; to be able to work with others as a leader and a team player; to have a sense of connectedness with others and country; and to have a sense of mutual obligation. Our graduates should be informed and active participants in moving society towards sustainability.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • to develop the capacity to read and respond to a range of Victorian literary texts
  • develop analytical and research skills that can be applied to both past and present cultural and literary debates
  • learn to communicate historical and theoretical concepts in both oral and written form
  • develop a greater understanding of the profound impact on contemporary culture of Victorian ideas of gender, race, class, popular and high culture, technology, ethics, identity, progress and civilisation
  • understand the nineteenth century transformations of concepts of genre and literary value that still continue to invigorate modern theoretical and institutional controversies.
  • develop the ability to engage in informed critical discussion on unit content with peers and tutor(s), to respond to others’ points of view, and to argue a critical position

Assessment tasks

  • Short Critical Essay
  • Research Essay
  • Tutorial Participation
  • Tutorial Presentation

Critical, Analytical and Integrative Thinking

We want our graduates to be capable of reasoning, questioning and analysing, and to integrate and synthesise learning and knowledge from a range of sources and environments; to be able to critique constraints, assumptions and limitations; to be able to think independently and systemically in relation to scholarly activity, in the workplace, and in the world. We want them to have a level of scientific and information technology literacy.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • to develop the capacity to read and respond to a range of Victorian literary texts
  • develop analytical and research skills that can be applied to both past and present cultural and literary debates
  • learn to communicate historical and theoretical concepts in both oral and written form
  • develop a greater understanding of the profound impact on contemporary culture of Victorian ideas of gender, race, class, popular and high culture, technology, ethics, identity, progress and civilisation
  • understand the nineteenth century transformations of concepts of genre and literary value that still continue to invigorate modern theoretical and institutional controversies.
  • develop the ability to engage in informed critical discussion on unit content with peers and tutor(s), to respond to others’ points of view, and to argue a critical position

Assessment tasks

  • Short Critical Essay
  • Research Essay
  • Tutorial Participation
  • Tutorial Presentation

Problem Solving and Research Capability

Our graduates should be capable of researching; of analysing, and interpreting and assessing data and information in various forms; of drawing connections across fields of knowledge; and they should be able to relate their knowledge to complex situations at work or in the world, in order to diagnose and solve problems. We want them to have the confidence to take the initiative in doing so, within an awareness of their own limitations.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • to develop the capacity to read and respond to a range of Victorian literary texts
  • develop analytical and research skills that can be applied to both past and present cultural and literary debates
  • learn to communicate historical and theoretical concepts in both oral and written form
  • develop a greater understanding of the profound impact on contemporary culture of Victorian ideas of gender, race, class, popular and high culture, technology, ethics, identity, progress and civilisation
  • understand the nineteenth century transformations of concepts of genre and literary value that still continue to invigorate modern theoretical and institutional controversies.
  • develop the ability to engage in informed critical discussion on unit content with peers and tutor(s), to respond to others’ points of view, and to argue a critical position

Assessment tasks

  • Short Critical Essay
  • Research Essay
  • Tutorial Participation
  • Tutorial Presentation

Creative and Innovative

Our graduates will also be capable of creative thinking and of creating knowledge. They will be imaginative and open to experience and capable of innovation at work and in the community. We want them to be engaged in applying their critical, creative thinking.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • to develop the capacity to read and respond to a range of Victorian literary texts
  • develop analytical and research skills that can be applied to both past and present cultural and literary debates
  • learn to communicate historical and theoretical concepts in both oral and written form
  • develop a greater understanding of the profound impact on contemporary culture of Victorian ideas of gender, race, class, popular and high culture, technology, ethics, identity, progress and civilisation
  • understand the nineteenth century transformations of concepts of genre and literary value that still continue to invigorate modern theoretical and institutional controversies.
  • develop the ability to engage in informed critical discussion on unit content with peers and tutor(s), to respond to others’ points of view, and to argue a critical position

Assessment tasks

  • Short Critical Essay
  • Research Essay
  • Tutorial Participation
  • Tutorial Presentation

Effective Communication

We want to develop in our students the ability to communicate and convey their views in forms effective with different audiences. We want our graduates to take with them the capability to read, listen, question, gather and evaluate information resources in a variety of formats, assess, write clearly, speak effectively, and to use visual communication and communication technologies as appropriate.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • to develop the capacity to read and respond to a range of Victorian literary texts
  • develop analytical and research skills that can be applied to both past and present cultural and literary debates
  • learn to communicate historical and theoretical concepts in both oral and written form
  • develop a greater understanding of the profound impact on contemporary culture of Victorian ideas of gender, race, class, popular and high culture, technology, ethics, identity, progress and civilisation
  • understand the nineteenth century transformations of concepts of genre and literary value that still continue to invigorate modern theoretical and institutional controversies.
  • develop the ability to engage in informed critical discussion on unit content with peers and tutor(s), to respond to others’ points of view, and to argue a critical position

Assessment tasks

  • Short Critical Essay
  • Research Essay
  • Tutorial Participation
  • Tutorial Presentation

Engaged and Ethical Local and Global citizens

As local citizens our graduates will be aware of indigenous perspectives and of the nation's historical context. They will be engaged with the challenges of contemporary society and with knowledge and ideas. We want our graduates to have respect for diversity, to be open-minded, sensitive to others and inclusive, and to be open to other cultures and perspectives: they should have a level of cultural literacy. Our graduates should be aware of disadvantage and social justice, and be willing to participate to help create a wiser and better society.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • to develop the capacity to read and respond to a range of Victorian literary texts
  • develop analytical and research skills that can be applied to both past and present cultural and literary debates
  • learn to communicate historical and theoretical concepts in both oral and written form
  • develop a greater understanding of the profound impact on contemporary culture of Victorian ideas of gender, race, class, popular and high culture, technology, ethics, identity, progress and civilisation
  • understand the nineteenth century transformations of concepts of genre and literary value that still continue to invigorate modern theoretical and institutional controversies.
  • develop the ability to engage in informed critical discussion on unit content with peers and tutor(s), to respond to others’ points of view, and to argue a critical position

Assessment tasks

  • Short Critical Essay
  • Research Essay
  • Tutorial Participation
  • Tutorial Presentation

Capable of Professional and Personal Judgement and Initiative

We want our graduates to have emotional intelligence and sound interpersonal skills and to demonstrate discernment and common sense in their professional and personal judgement. They will exercise initiative as needed. They will be capable of risk assessment, and be able to handle ambiguity and complexity, enabling them to be adaptable in diverse and changing environments.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • to develop the capacity to read and respond to a range of Victorian literary texts
  • develop analytical and research skills that can be applied to both past and present cultural and literary debates
  • learn to communicate historical and theoretical concepts in both oral and written form
  • develop a greater understanding of the profound impact on contemporary culture of Victorian ideas of gender, race, class, popular and high culture, technology, ethics, identity, progress and civilisation
  • understand the nineteenth century transformations of concepts of genre and literary value that still continue to invigorate modern theoretical and institutional controversies.
  • develop the ability to engage in informed critical discussion on unit content with peers and tutor(s), to respond to others’ points of view, and to argue a critical position

Assessment tasks

  • Short Critical Essay
  • Research Essay
  • Tutorial Participation
  • Tutorial Presentation

Commitment to Continuous Learning

Our graduates will have enquiring minds and a literate curiosity which will lead them to pursue knowledge for its own sake. They will continue to pursue learning in their careers and as they participate in the world. They will be capable of reflecting on their experiences and relationships with others and the environment, learning from them, and growing - personally, professionally and socially.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • to develop the capacity to read and respond to a range of Victorian literary texts
  • develop analytical and research skills that can be applied to both past and present cultural and literary debates
  • learn to communicate historical and theoretical concepts in both oral and written form
  • develop a greater understanding of the profound impact on contemporary culture of Victorian ideas of gender, race, class, popular and high culture, technology, ethics, identity, progress and civilisation
  • understand the nineteenth century transformations of concepts of genre and literary value that still continue to invigorate modern theoretical and institutional controversies.
  • develop the ability to engage in informed critical discussion on unit content with peers and tutor(s), to respond to others’ points of view, and to argue a critical position

Discipline Specific Knowledge and Skills

Our graduates will take with them the intellectual development, depth and breadth of knowledge, scholarly understanding, and specific subject content in their chosen fields to make them competent and confident in their subject or profession. They will be able to demonstrate, where relevant, professional technical competence and meet professional standards. They will be able to articulate the structure of knowledge of their discipline, be able to adapt discipline-specific knowledge to novel situations, and be able to contribute from their discipline to inter-disciplinary solutions to problems.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • to develop the capacity to read and respond to a range of Victorian literary texts
  • develop analytical and research skills that can be applied to both past and present cultural and literary debates
  • learn to communicate historical and theoretical concepts in both oral and written form
  • develop a greater understanding of the profound impact on contemporary culture of Victorian ideas of gender, race, class, popular and high culture, technology, ethics, identity, progress and civilisation
  • understand the nineteenth century transformations of concepts of genre and literary value that still continue to invigorate modern theoretical and institutional controversies.
  • develop the ability to engage in informed critical discussion on unit content with peers and tutor(s), to respond to others’ points of view, and to argue a critical position