Not available in 2013
Previously offered in 2011, 2005
The course is a study of the novels of one of English literature's most popular and important writers, Charles Dickens (1812-1870). It treats those novels in both their literary and historical contexts. Dickens was the first true literary celebrity, and his novels trace the emergence of a new social reality out of the chaos of the industrial revolution: the study of his work thus connects with every major issue surrounding the rise of modernity.
|Objectives||Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to demonstrate:
1. a detailed understanding of the major novels of Charles Dickens, in their historical and literary contexts;
2. an understanding of the terms "romance" and "realism", and a sense of how these interact in the formation of the modern novel;
3. a sense of how fiction, and the arts generally, participate in the production of new social ideologies;
4. the critical role played by Dickens's work in the emegence of a range of modern ideas.
|Content||The course will focus on a detailed chronological study of Dickens's major novels. Topics treated include:
1. Rhetorical and narrative strategies in Dickens;
2. Dickens's integration of the new techniques of literary realism with the ancient structures of comedy and romance;
3. the response of Dickens's novels to the upheaval of the industrial revolution;
4. Dickens's contribution to a range of modern ideas, including those concerning social class and society, identity formation and the role of women;
5. Dickens's sense of the threat posed to individual identity, and to the family, by institutions of social management and discipline; and
6. the critical debates surrounding Dickens, including whether the social "message" of his work should be seen as progressive or conservative.
|Replacing Course(s)||This course (in 2003) with 4 other 10 unit new courses replaces deleted courses:
ENGL3040 Race and Writing 20 units
ENGL3560 Restoration Literature 20 units
ENGL3670 Australian Young Adult Fiction 10 units
|Assumed Knowledge||20 units of 1000-level English.|
|Modes of Delivery||Internal Mode|
|Contact Hours||Seminar: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term|