CWB310 Science, Machines and Monsters: 19th Century Literature and Culture

The unit addresses the important cultural, social and political movements of nineteenth century Britain by way of a selection of fiction and non-fiction texts. In so doing, it is hoped that you will gain an appreciation of important changes in the nineteenth-century in order to further your understanding of contemporary literary and cultural forms. The unit draws on works from science fiction, fantasy and realist modes as a way of examining political and social change in Europe between 1790 and 1900. The novels and poems examine political and social change with a view to making critical links between current ideologies and literary forms and their formulation in a nineteenth century text. As such, works ranging from Frankenstein to Alice in Wonderland are deployed to consider the textual representations of important cultural, social, and sexual issues.

Unit information

Unit code
Creative Industries Faculty
Professional Writing
Study area
Professional Writing
Credit points

Dates and locations

Teaching period Dates Locations
Semester 1, 2021 1 March 2021 - 25 June 2021 Kelvin Grove
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