School of English and Drama

Victorian Sensation Fiction

Module code: ESH380

Credits: 15.0
Semester: SEM2

  • Semester 2: Thursday 12 pm - 2 pm

Contact: Prof Matt Rubery
Overlap: None
Prerequisite: None

Audiences could not get enough of the best-selling stories of bigamy, madness, and murder known as the sensation novel. This module will consider the Sensation Mania of the 1860s as a literary, historical, and psychological phenomenon reflecting many of the cultural anxieties of Victorian society. To this end, we will examine how a variety of sensation narratives participated in contemporary debates over sexuality and provided alternate ways of thinking about identity. Texts to be covered include the key novels to establish the genre of sensation fiction.

Connected course(s): UDF DATA
Assessment: 90.0% Coursework, 10.0% Practical
Level: 6