AJL14103 English Literature 1830-1920: The Victorian Age and Modernism

Faculty of Arts
Spring 2024
Extent and Intensity
0/2/0. 6 credit(s). Recommended Type of Completion: zk (examination). Other types of completion: z (credit).
Stephen Paul Hardy, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
Stephen Paul Hardy, Ph.D.
Department of English and American Studies – Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Tomáš Hanzálek
Supplier department: Department of English and American Studies – Faculty of Arts
Mon 14:00–15:40 G25, except Mon 15. 4.
Prerequisites (in Czech)
( AJ01002 Practical English II || AJL01002 Practical English II ) && ( AJ04003 Intro. to Literary Studies II || AJL04003 Intro. to Literary Studies II )
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
The capacity limit for the course is 25 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 12/25, only registered: 0/25, only registered with preference (fields directly associated with the programme): 0/25
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Course objectives
The aim of the course is to consider developments in literature and society in the period covered, focusing particularly on the way in which metaphysical, social, and political issues are negotiated in poetry and the novel. Authors whose work is considered on the course include Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Robert Browning, Charles Dickens, George Eliot, Matthew Arnold, Gerard Manley Hopkins, D.H. Lawrence, W.B. Yeats, and T.S. Eliot.
Learning outcomes
Students completing the course will have shown their ability to understand the issues and developments appearing in the period under consideration and their ability to analyse these both orally and in written form.
  • Week 1:Introductory Week 2:Alfred Tennyson: The Kraken, St Simeon Stylites, Mariana, The Lady of Shalott, In Memoriam (VII, VIII, XXVII,LIV, LV, LVI) Week 3: Bleak House (first half) Week 4: Robert Browning: Porphyria's Lover,My Last Duchess, Johannes Agricola, Two in the Campagna, Evelyn Hope, Fra Lippo Lippi Week 5: Bleak House (second half) Week 6: Matthew Arnold: Dover Beach, The Scholar Gipsy, Isolation, To Marguerite; To Marguerite - continued; A.H.Clough: Amours de Voyage; The Latest Decalogue Week 7: PUBLIC HOLIDAY: NO CLASS Week 8: George Eliot: Middlemarch (first half) Week 9: READING WEEK: NO CLASS Week 10: Christina Rossetti: Goblin Market; Gerard Manley Hopkins:Spring and Fall, The Windhover, Spelt From Sibyl's Leaves Week 11 George Eliot: Middlemarch (second half) Week 12: D.H. Lawrence: The Fox, The Virgin and the Gipsy Week 13: T.S. Eliot: The Love Song of Alfred J. Prufrock; Ash Wednesday; Burnt Norton Week 14: E.M. Forster: Howard's End
  • ARNOLD, Matthew. Poems of Matthew Arnold. Edited by Laurie Magnus. New York: George Routledge & Sons, xxviii, 29. info
  • T.S. Eliot, Collected Poems 1909-1962, London, Faber and Faber, 1974
  • DICKENS, Charles. Bleak house. Edited by Stephen Gill. 1st pub. as a World's Classi. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1996, xxxviii, 9. ISBN 9780199536313. info
  • YEATS, W. B. The collected poems of W. B. Yeats. Dublin: Gill and Macmillan, 1989, 564 s. ISBN 0717115852. info
  • HOPKINS, Gerard Manley. Poems and prose of Gerard Manley Hopkins. London: Penguin Books, 1985, xxxvi, 260. ISBN 9780140420159. info
  • ELIOT, George. Middlemarch. Oxford: University Press, 1967, 896 s. info
  • LAWRENCE, D. H. The tales of D.H. Lawrence. London: Martin Secker, 1934, 1138 s. info
  • HARDY, Thomas. Collected poems of Thomas Hardy. London: Macmillan, 1920, xx, 521 s. info
  • TENNYSON, Alfred Tennyson. Poems [Tennyson, 1912]. London: Henry Frowde, 1912, 295 s. info
  • BROWNING, Robert. Browning's poems : a selection. Edited by Arthur D. Innes. London: Cassell and Company, 1903, 191 stran. info
Teaching methods
The course will be taught through a combination of mini-lectures, close reading, group and class oral discussion.
Assessment methods
The course will be assessed through a combination of attendance, oral performance (55%) and a 6-8 page essay (45%). Essays should be submitted by e-mail during the examination period.
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Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2025.
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