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19th century English literature

Find out more about this course for visiting and exchange students and how to apply.

Sketch of novelist Charles Dickens sitting in his study.
Develop your understanding of 19th century English literature

On this 11-week course you will study the main developments, movements and themes of 19th century English literature.

Course overview

The course will examine, in depth, the following key works:

  • 'Frankenstein' by Mary Shelley (novel)
  • 'Great Expectations' by Charles Dickens (novel)
  • 'The Importance of Being Ernest' by Oscar Wilde (play)
  • notable children's literature of the 19th century: 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland' by Lewis Carroll, 'Peter Pan' by J M Barrie, and 'The Tale of Peter Rabbit' by Beatrix Potter

A variety of additional and supplementary texts will be suggested by the tutor, including the work of poets.

Students will be encouraged to contribute supporting material from their own literary and scholastic backgrounds.

Course information

The course will run from week 19 to week 31: Wednesday 7 February to 1 May 2024 from 11.15am to 1.05pm. Classes take place in person on campus. There will be no classes during the Easter vacation (weeks 27 and 28).

Before signing up, please make sure that the day and time of the course do not clash with your academic timetable by checking MyTimetable.

Please note, information about our British Studies courses may be subject to change. We continue to improve our courses and your teaching and learning experience, so you gain skills and understanding which are valuable to you and sought after by employers.

Before you register for the course, please check this webpage for the most up-to-date course information. Once you have registered, we will inform you if there are any significant changes.


This course carries six credits. To be awarded credits, a minimum of 80% attendance is required.

Student experience

Hear what students Felisa and Xu say about the British Studies courses.


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