Literature 1830-1914 ENGLIT4089

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Critical Studies
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course gives you an opportunity to study prose, poetry and drama from the Victorian and Edwardian periods; authors you may study include George Eliot, Charles Dickens, Alfred Tennyson, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, the Brontes, Thomas Hardy, Oscar Wilde, Henry James and Wilkie Collins. You will read literary texts in the context of some of the major social and political developments in this period.


1 x 1hr lecture and 1 x 1hr seminar per week over 10 weeks as scheduled on MyCampus


1 x 1hr lecture per week over ten weeks and 7 x 90min seminars over 10 weeks as scheduled on MyCampus.


This is one of the Honours options in English Literature and may not run every year. The options that are running this session are available on MyCampus.

Requirements of Entry

Available to all students fulfilling requirements for Honours entry into English Literature, and by arrangement to visiting students or students of other Honours programmes who qualify under the University's 25% regulation.

Excluded Courses

ENGLIT4015  Literature 1830-1914


Essay (1500 words): 25%  

Essay (3000 words): 50%

Seminar contribution: 10%

Seminar presentation of 7 minutes: 15%

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable for Honours courses

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non-Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

This course will provide the opportunity to:

■ engage with a wide range of literary texts written by British authors in the Victorian and Edwardian periods

■ deepen your skills in reading literature within its historical context

■ develop your own interests within the broad field of Victorian and Edwardian literature.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ engage with and respond to a range of literature written between 1830 and 1914, covering different styles, genres and times within this period 

■ write about literary texts with reference to some of the key social and cultural contexts of the period

■ identify similarities and differences between texts in terms of genre, style, and historical moment, including the effect of formal and ideological features

■ communicate responses to the material studied on the course both orally and in written form through coherent and sustained argument.

■ demonstrate resilience and time management through effectively planning, undertaking and submitting coursework.

■ deal with change and new challenges by applying their disciplinary skills and knowledge to previously unfamiliar research areas and questions.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.