Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.
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This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
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|Time Commitment:||Contact Hours: 2 |
Total Time Commitment: 120
|Prerequisites:||Admission to the postgraduate certificate, diploma or fourth year honours in English.|
|Recommended Background Knowledge:||None|
|Non Allowed Subjects:||None|
|Core Participation Requirements:||None|
Widely regarded as one of the most important writers of the nineteenth century, Charles Dickens was responsible for some of the most memorable novels of the period and is viewed as one of the first transatlantic literary celebrities. This subject will examine Dickens's development as a writer from his earliest comedic works, through his "dark" novels of the 1850s, to the end of his career with his final completed novel Our Mutual Friend. Employing a wide range of theoretical approaches, we will consider Dickens's contribution to social reform and the "Condition of England Question", along with his identity as a metropolitan writer. We will also focus on Dickens's relationship to the "realist" convention, the melodrama and sensationalism of his fiction, his early use of the grotesque, along with his often-problematic engagements with gender and parent-child relations. Other topics for consideration will include his use of religious typology, celebrity, depictions of imperial and domestic "others" in his works, film adaptations, and why Dickens's reputation has endured into the twenty-first century.
|Objectives:||Students who complete this subject: |
A research essay of 5000 words 100% (due at the end of the semester). At least 80% tutorial attendance, a class presentation, and participation in class discussion are required to pass the subject.
A Subject Reader including contextual material by Thomas Carlyle, Harriet Martineau, Karl Marx and Henry Mayhew, and additional journalism and short stories by Charles Dickens, including extracts from his journals, Household Words and All the Year Round. The Reader will also contain a range of critical reading, to include articles by John Bowen, John O. Jordan, Catherine Robson and Hilary Schor.
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This subject is not available as a breadth subject.
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