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    A study of a selected area of nineteenth-century literature.

    The fin de siècle was a time of transition, as high Victorian values gave way to the modern.  This paper will introduce you to the writing of several key late-Victorian writers, while examining contemporary discussions surrounding decadence, terror, gender relations, environmentalism, and animal welfare.  We will explore the rise of popular fiction at the end of the nineteenth century, paying attention to how the literary and cultural landscape was shifting, and addressing the backlash against realist writing.

    About this paper

    Paper title A Topic in 19th Century Literature
    Subject English
    EFTS 0.1667
    Points 20 points
    Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $1,240.75
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    72 points from ENGL 300-level

    Teaching staff

    Assoc. Prof Grace Moore

    Paper Structure

    Over the semester, we will read a variety of novels, poems and short stories from the late-Victorian period.  
    We will also consider relevant contextual and critical sources. 

    Teaching Arrangements

    Weekly two-hour seminar.

    • Grant Allen, The Woman Who Did (Broadview)
    • George Gissing, The Odd Women (Oxford)
    • Margaret Harkness, In Darkest London (Germinal)
    • Henry James, In the Cage (Penguin)
    • Angelique Richardson, Women Who Did (Penguin)
    • Robert Louis Stevenson, The Dynamiter (any edition)
    • HG Wells, The Time Machine (Popular Penguins)

    Other readings will be available via e-Reserve.

    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Critical thinking, Research, Self-motivation.
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    Learning Outcomes

    Students who successfully complete this paper will gain:

    • A familiarity with the literature of the fin de siècle
    • An understanding of the social, political and economic changes of the late Victorian period
    • A knowledge of class, gender and race relations in Victorian Britain
    • Refinement of research skills in late-Victorian literature and culture


    Semester 2

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Monday 11:00-12:50 29-35, 37-42
    Wednesday 11:00-12:50 29-35, 37-42
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