Victorian Networks: Texts and Technologies 2022-23
School Of Arts, Culture And Language
Module - Semester 2
This module will consider a selection of nineteenth-century literature in prose and verse – alongside selected contextual materials, including paintings and photographs, newspaper and periodical articles, and advertisements and reviews – to explore how the Victorians envisaged the experience of living in an increasingly networked world. Texts and authors may vary from year to year but will typically include such writers as Thomas DeQuincey, Thomas Hardy, Elizabeth Gaskell, Mary Elizabeth Braddon, Anthony Trollope, George Eliot, George Gissing, and Arthur Conan Doyle.
ASSIGNMENT CRITERIA – UNDERGRADUATE WORK
Excellent Typically, work graded A- to A** (or 70 to 100) will show many of the following qualities: • Discusses ideas with confidence and precision • Demonstrates maturity and sophistication • Displays deep knowledge of the subject in question; the answer is totally relevant • Shows independent, analytical and clear thought • Gives evidence of substantial and relevant reading • Shows great accuracy in expression, displaying total mastery over all aspects of the language • Shows occasional signs of brilliance and originality of thought • In creative work: displays considerable originality • Command over medium; may have potential for publication/production
Good Typically, work graded B- to B+ (or 60 to 69) will show many of the following qualities: • Discusses ideas adeptly • Most of the arguments about a specific field are well-aired • Displays knowledge of the subject in question; the answer is relevant • Shows analytical and clear thought • Gives evidence of relevant reading • Shows accuracy in expression with mastery over language. • A few minor errors here and there. • Signs of creative thought deserve a higher position within the class • In creative work: shows signs of originality, having understood the requirements of the medium • Plans of well-balanced and full answers, despite some gaps
Satisfactory Typically, work graded C- to C+ (or 50 to 59) will show many of the following qualities: • Discusses ideas, but without much confidence • A respectable effort but not showing any unusual talent; a few flashes of originality here and there • Makes reference to the subject in question, but some important matters not mentioned • Fairly clear thought on most occasions, and the arguments relevant on the whole • Evidence of having read some works associated with the field in question • Quite accurate expression, though the points may sometimes be presented clumsily • Signs of conscientious work deserve a higher position within the class • In creative work: not having quite mastered the requirements of the medium • Evidence of planning in the answers, but a lack of coherence at times; undisciplined and unsure at times
Pass Typically, work graded D- to D+ (or 40 to 49) will show many of the following qualities: • Unsure and lacking in confidence when discussing ideas • Referring to the subject in question in a superficial manner • Making an effort to provide fairly balanced answers • Some points in the argument irrelevant to the topic • Little evidence of background reading • Some uncertainty over language and syntax • Strengths and weaknesses fairly balanced; occasionally clumsy and unimaginative • In creative work: superficial • Not succeeding in mastering the requirements of the medium
- To critically analyse the concept of the network in Victorian literature
- To critically assess the reciprocal relationship between Victorian literary texts and their socio-economic, political, aesthetic, and material contexts.
- To evaluate a range of critical and theoretical approaches to Victorian literature and culture.
- To identify and use digital and print resources for independent research.
Reception-based exercise You will write EITHER a critical commentary on the nineteenth-century reception of one of the set texts studied in Weeks 1-6 OR a literature review of 2-4 critical sources (peer-reviewed journal articles or monographs) discussing one of the set texts studied in Weeks 1-6.
Final Coursework Essay