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EN905 - 19th Century Children's Literature

  • Module code: EN905
  • Module name: 19th Century Children's Literature
  • Department: English and Comparative Literary Studies
  • Credit: 20, 30, 36, 45

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

This module examines the relationship between entertainment and moralising, the supernatural and child-rearing, innocence and death, the everyday and adventure, being ‘good’ and being punished in Victorian children's literature. It will explore the connections between texts for children and nineteenth-century approaches to religion (i.e.Muscular Christianity, evangelism, the rise of the Society for the Promotion of Christian Knowledge), gender (i.e. gender construction, behavioural stereotypes, sexual conduct), society, and politics (i.e. imperialism, the monarchy). A central themem of the module addresses the importance of childhood innocence to a culture witnessing widespread changes in science, technology and religion. The syllabus concentrates on the ‘Golden Age ’, approximately 1860-1890, but we will begin by investigating the didacticism of the early nineteenth century.

Principal learning outcomes

By the end of this module you should have: become familiar with some of the key text of the ‘Golden Age’ of children's literature (roughly 1860-1890); acquired an understanding of the main thems and images of this literature; developed an ability to think critically about texts written for children; enhanced your familiarity with the social and cultural context of nineteenth-century literature; become aware of the main critical debates surrounding the genre; improved your writing and research skills.

Timetabled teaching activities

2 hour weekly seminar

Other essential notes

Not available 2011/12

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
20 CATS (Module code: EN905-20)
A (Assessed work only) Assessed Course Work 100%
30 CATS (Module code: EN905-30)
A (Assessed work only) Assessed Course Work 100%
36 CATS (Module code: EN905-36)
A (Assessed work only) Assessed Course Work 100%
45 CATS (Module code: EN905-45)
A (Assessed work only) Assessed Course Work 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:



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