The Victorian Literature pathway is an opportunity to explore a wide range of literature written in Britain between 1832 and 1900. The pathway will introduce students to a variety of styles and genres produced by Victorian authors. Their writing will be considered in relation to aesthetic, historical, and social issues and from a variety of critical perspectives.
The pathway’s core module, ‘Victorian Voices’, introduces students to a range of Victorian literary representations of identity. The module challenges the popular notion that there is a monolithic Victorian view of things by presenting a wealth of different perceptions and perspectives. Drawing on canonical and non-canonical poetry and prose by male and female Victorian authors, the module explores ways of expressing core aspects of self while also considering the implications of audience and contexts. In addition, students will choose from a range of option modules specialising in aspects of the period’s fiction, poetry, drama, and journalism. Participants will have the opportunity to develop their individual interests and to conduct independent research through the writing of a dissertation supervised by a specialist in the field of Victorian Studies. QMUL’s Victorian scholars are particularly strong on the historical, cultural, and theoretical contexts for 19th-century writing.
Students will be taught in small seminar groups and be introduced to key resources for the study of Victorian literature through a module in research methods. Students will further benefit from our location in London’s historic East End.