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ENGL473 A Topic in 19th Century Literature

This paper will introduce you to the novels of one of the most important writers of the nineteenth century.  We will examine Dickens's development as a writer, from his early comedic works, through his 'dark' novels of the 1850s, to the end of his career. Drawing on a range of contextual material, we will also consider Dickens as a social performer, while looking at his engagement with celebrity, gender, race, religion and class.

Paper title A Topic in 19th Century Literature
Paper code ENGL473
Subject English
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period Full Year
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,142.40
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,661.93

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72 points from ENGL 311-368, EURO 302

Teaching staff

Paper Coordinator: Dr Grace Moore

Paper Structure

Over the course of the year we will read and discuss a range of fiction, spanning Dickens's career. We will also consider contextual material and theoretical approaches to Dickens's writing.

Teaching Arrangements

Weekly two-hour seminar.


Charles Dickens:

  • The Pickwick Papers, Penguin
  • The Old Curiosity Shop, Penguin
  • David Copperfield, Penguin
  • Bleak House, Penguin
  • Hard Times, Penguin
  • Little Dorrit, Penguin
  • Great Expectations, Penguin
  • A Tale of Two Cities, Penguin
  • Our Mutual Friend, Penguin
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Critical thinking, Research, Self-motivation.
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Learning Outcomes
  • A familiarity with Dickens's career as a novelist, journalist and social reformer.
  • An understanding of the social, political and economic changes behind Dickens's responses to the 'Condition of England Question'.
  • An understanding of class, gender and race relations in Victorian Britian.
  • Refinement of research skills in the field of Victorian literature and culture.

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Full Year

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
L1 Tuesday 13:00-14:50 9-12, 14-15, 17-22
M1 Tuesday 13:00-14:50 28-34, 41