Module title: 19th Century Literature and Culture 1

SCQF level: 07:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: CLP07104
Module leader: Elsa Bouet
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Humanities and Culture


2019/0, Trimester 2, Face-to-Face, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Face-to-Face
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Elsa Bouet
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Teaching will take place in the form of a weekly lecture, which has an interactive component (LOs 1,2,3,4,6), and smaller tutorial meetings (LOs 1,2,3,4,6). The lectures will provide you with the necessary input and framework of reference for further, more interactive activities. Learning will occur in a variety of formats in order to allow for different student learning styles. Activities will range from listening, individual oral contributions and presentations, group and individual work, conducting independent research, reading and writing assignments (LOs 1,2,3,4,5,6).

Formative Assessment:
From week 3 to week 6, you will be required to identify, locate and evaluate scholarly peer reviewed articles which discuss the themes and the text set for each specific week, and bring these to class to discuss with your group and the class (LO 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6). The face to face feedback you receive for these tasks will help you for the first essay, a critical evaluation of an academic article on one of the set texts, and for the final essay in which you must use scholarly sources to help your critical analysis of the texts. Students unable to contribute to this group work will be asked to present their findings in written form and will receive written feedback instead.

You are welcome to speak to your tutor at any time in order to receive formative feedback on your performance in terms of class participation and how this could be improved.

Summative Assessment:
Summative assessment will take the form of two essays (LOs 1,2,3,4,5,6). For the first essay, you will be asked to analyse a secondary source (a peer-reviewed article or other scholarly source) and analyse and evaluate its arguments over those of non-academic material. Your chosen secondary source will have to discuss one of the set topic from a list of questions in relation to one of the set texts. This assignment is designed to introduce you to academic research and academic practice of literature. For the final essay, you will be asked to compare and contrast two texts studied on the module. For this final assignment, you can either select a topic from a list of options or choose your own, in conversation with the module leader.

Regular, active participation in classroom discussions is required on this module and also forms a part of the summative assessment (LOs 1,4,5,6). Your tutor will evaluate your contributions to class and small group discussions throughout the term and an average will be taken at the end. You will be encouraged to make contributions to the module’s online discussion forum on Moodle, especially if you are finding it difficult to speak in class. Online contributions will be taken into account when it comes to your class participation mark.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 20
Face To Face Tutorial 10
Independent Learning Guided independent study 170
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Discussion/Participation 10 1-6 2 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 0
Essay 40 1-6 7 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 1500
Essay 50 1-6 13 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 1500
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

This module introduces you to three novels and some poetry from the nineteenth century within their wider cultural-historical context and serves as a foundation for the understanding of the development of the novel from the nineteenth century to the present day. The course will also introduce you to some of the novel’s influential subgenres (the Bildungsroman, the sensation novel, detective fiction) and literary modes (the gothic, realism and naturalism), and poetical subgenres (dramatic monologue, ballad). We will consider important themes and debates of the period, such as class relations, crime, the empire and conceptions of nationality, science and representations of race, gender and the family. The module will equip you with a conceptual and methodological apparatus for your future study on the literature modules and beyond. The weekly lectures will provide an introduction and set the context for group and individual textual and critical analysis in tutorial. Interactive exercises and group projects will focus on close reading and analysis of the assigned literary texts, as well as some supplementary contextual material from the period and recent scholarly criticism.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to
LO1: Critically analyse a range of nineteenth century novels and poems and articulate these responses in oral and written form
LO2: Outline the texts’ cultural-historical context
LO3: Recognise different generic conventions in the novel and poetry, their subgenres and different narrative modes
LO4: Recognise how individual texts relate to each other and/or to common themes
LO5: Evaluate and critically engage with relevant secondary literature
LO6: Work both independently and as part of a group

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
CLP07104: Nineteenth Century Literature and Culture