Description of Individual Course Units
Course Unit CodeCourse Unit TitleType of Course UnitYear of StudySemesterNumber of ECTS Credits
9201165392015Studies in Victorian FictionElective118
Level of Course Unit
Second Cycle
Language of Instruction
Objectives of the Course
The objective of this graduate course is to introduce students to the nineteenth-century Victorian fiction with examples from the prominent writers of the period like Charlotte Brontë, Emily Brontë, Charles Dickens, Thomas Hardy, Elizabeth Gaskell, George Eliot, George Gissing, and Oscar Wilde. In this course, students develop awareness of socio-cultural, ideological, intellectual, and literary characteristics of the Victorian era, and discuss selected texts from a variety of critical perspectives. This period’s writings are also supplemented by some critical and theoretical works to familiarize students with the changing critical responses to the above mentioned writers.
Name of Lecturer(s)
Prof. Dr. Rezzan Silkü
Learning Outcomes
1To have advanced knowledge in Nineteenth Century Britain and Victorian Fiction
2To think analytically and discuss selected literary and cultural texts from a variety of critical perspectives.
3To employ comparative and interdisciplinary approaches in analysing various texts from Victorian Fiction.
4To make research, oral presentations, and write academic papers on any specific subject in Victorian Fiction.
5To use various research methods efficiently in writing theses on Victorian Fiction.
6To develop an awareness of cultural, racial, gender, and class differences in Victorian Society.
7To use knowledge and skills with ethical and professional responsibility and act independently.
Mode of Delivery
Face to Face
Prerequisites and co-requisities
Recommended Optional Programme Components
Course Contents
Social transformation in the Victorian Age, Socio-cultural, ideological, intellectual, and literary characteristics of the Victorian period, Social class and gender, Industrialization and the woman question, Social realism versus aestheticism, Readings from the masterpieces of the period, literary criticism and its reflections in literary texts, discussion, presentation and and writing research paper.
Weekly Detailed Course Contents
1Introduction to the course and its contentAnalysis of the course content
2The Victorian Period: History in Focus The Enlightenment and the Social change Hamilton, “The Enlightment” Formations, (pp. 18-58) Anderson and Zinsser, “Women” Formations, (pp. 59-62)
3The Victorian Period: Social and economic backgroundCarlyle, “from Past,” Oxford Anth. of Eng. Lit. Vol.II. (pp. 838-857) Clark, “Capitalism” Formations, (pp. 212-215)
4The Victorian Period: Social and intellectual background Silkü, “Intellectual” Industrialization, (pp. 19-30) Ehrenreich and English, “The Woman,” Formations, (pp. 215-220) Thompson, E.P. “The Making, Formations, (pp. 225-228)
5The Victorian Period: Literature in FocusDavid, “The Victorian”, The Victorian (pp. 17-36) Schor, “Fiction,” A Companion, (pp. 323-338) Report preparation I
6Social Class and the Victorian NovelBrontë, Wuthering Heights, (Chapters; 1-34) Eaglaton, “Myths of,” Myths, (pp. 118-129
7Representations of women in the Victorian FictionBrontë, Jane Eyre, (Chapters; 1-38) Wilkes, “Remaking,” Women and, (pp. 35-54)
8Writing paper (Midterm)Discussion on research papers
9Social Realism and the Victorian NovelDickens, Great Expectations, (Chapters 1- 59) Hagan, “The poor Labyrinth”, (pp. 169-178) Reed, John R., Dickens and, (pp. 270-288)
10Industrialization and the Victorian NovelGaskell, North and South, (Volumes; I-II) Childers, “Industrial,” The Victorian, (pp. 77-96) Uglow, (pp. 366-386) Report preparation II
11Deviancy and the Victorian NovelGaskell, Ruth, (Chapters; 1-36) Morgan, (pp. 43-51)
12Woman Question and the Victorian NovelEliot, The Mill on the Floss, (Books; 1-7) Nestor, “’A Widening’” George Eliot, (pp. 55-72)
13Fallen Women and the Victorian Novel: Man-made laws contradict natureHardy, Tess of the D’Urbervilles, (Phases; 1-7) Gordon, “Origins,” Thomas Hardy, (pp. 115-135
14Aestheticism and the Victorian NovelWilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray, (Chapters; 1-20) Baker, Jr. (pp.349-355)
15New Woman and the Victorian NovelGissing, The Odd Women, (Chapters; 1-31) Beaumont, “The New” The New Woman, (pp. 212-223) Report preparation III
16Writing paper (Final)Discussion on research papers
Recommended or Required Reading
Primary Sources: Brontë, Charlotte. Jane Eyre. (Hertfordshire: Wordsworth Ed. Ltd.), 1992. Brontë, Emily. Wuthering Heights, (New York: W.W. Norton and Comp.), 1990. Dickens, Charles. Great Expectations, (Middlesex: Penguin), 1983. Eliot, George. The Mill on the Floss. (London: Penguin), 2003. Gaskell, Elizabeth. North and South. (Oxford: Oxford UP.), 1988. ___________. Ruth. (London: Everyman), 2001. Gissing, George. The Odd Women. (London: Penguin), 1993. Hardy, Thomas. Tess of the D’Urbervilles, (Harmondsworth, Middlesex: Penguin), 1978. Wilde, Oscar. The Picture of Dorian Gray, (London: Penguin Books), 1994. Secondary Sources: Beaumont, Matthew. “The New Woman in Nowhere: Feminism and Utopianism at the Fin de Siècle,” The New Woman in Fiction and in Fact: Fin de Siècle Feminisms. Ed. Richardson, Angelique and Chris Willis. (Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire: Palgrave), 2002. Baker, Jr., Houston A. “A Tragedy of the Artist: The Picture of Dorian Gray” Nineteenth-Century Fiction, Vol. 24, No. 3 (Dec., 1969), 349-355 17.03.2006 David, Deirdre (ed.). The Cambridge Companion to the Victorian Novel, (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press), 2001. Eaglaton, Terry. “Myths of Power in Wuthering Heights” in The Wuthering Heights: Contemporary Critical Essays, Ed. Patsy Stoneman, (Houndmills: Macmillan: New Casebooks), 1993. pp. 118-130. Gordon, Jan B. “Origins, History, and the Reconstitution of Family: Tess’s Journey” Thomas Hardy. Ed. Harold Bloom. (New York: Chelsea House Publishers), 1987. Hagan, Jr. John H. “The Poor Labyrinth: The Theme of Social Injustice in Dickens’s Great Expectations” Nineteenth_Century Fiction, Vol. 9, No. 3 (Dec.,1954), pp. 169-178. 03.02.2009 Hall, Stuart and Bram Gieben. Formations of Modernity, (Cambridge: Polity Press), 1992. Kermode, Frank; John Hollander (eds.). The Oxford Anthology of English Literature, Vol. II, (New York: Oxford University Press), 1973. Marshall, Gail. Victorian Fiction: Contexts, (Oxford: Arnold), 2002. Morgan, Susan. “Gaskell’s Heroines and the Power of Time” Pacific Coast Philology, Vol. 18, No. ½. (Nov., 1983), pp. 43-51. 11.04.2006 Nestor, Pauline. George Eliot: Critical Issues. (Houndmills: Palgrave), 2002. Shattock, Joanne (ed.). Women and Literature in Britain: 1800-1900.(Cambridge: Cambridge UP), 2001. Reed, John R. Dickens and Thackeray: Punishment and Forgiveness. (Ohio: Ohio UP), 1995. Tucker, Herbert (ed.). A Companion to Victorian Literature and Culture, (Oxford:Blackwell), 1999. Uglow, Jenny. Elizabeth Gaskell: A Habit of Stories. (London: Faber and Faber),1999.
Planned Learning Activities and Teaching Methods
Activities are given in detail in the sections of "Assessment Methods and Criteria" and "Workload Calculation".
Assessment Methods and Criteria
Term (or Year) Learning ActivitiesQuantityWeight
Midterm Examination1100
End Of Term (or Year) Learning ActivitiesQuantityWeight
Final Sınavı1100
Term (or Year) Learning Activities40
End Of Term (or Year) Learning Activities60
Work Placement(s)
Workload Calculation
ActivitiesNumberTime (hours)Total Work Load (hours)
Attending Lectures14342
Report Preparation3515
Report Presentation199
Writing Paper22040
Self Study3515
Individual Study for Mid term Examination22346
Individual Study for Final Examination12727
Contribution of Learning Outcomes to Programme Outcomes
LO1455 4    5 
LO2 4 5 4 4   
LO3  4      3 
LO44  4 3     
LO5 35        
LO654       5 
LO7    4 4   5
* Contribution Level : 1 Very low 2 Low 3 Medium 4 High 5 Very High
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