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EN4369   Victorian Literature and Science

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 30

ECTS credits : 15

Level : SCQF level 10

Semester: 1

Availability restrictions: Not automatically available to General Degree students

Planned timetable: 3.00 pm - 5.00 pm Mon

How is scientific knowledge transformed when it is deployed in literary writing? How do linguistic strategies such as metaphor shape the communication and reception of scientific theories and concepts? Can students of English analyse a passage of scientific writing in the same way as they would a literary text? This module sets out to answer these questions by exploring the diverse connections between literature and science in the Victorian period. The decades between 1830 and 1900 witnessed the development of the scientific disciplines in their modern forms, and the module will examine the role of literature in disseminating, questioning, and legitimising the intellectual authority of science in Victorian Britain. The module will trace the interactions between literature and science in Victorian poetry, the realist novel, and science fiction, and in the writing of scientists such as the physicist John Tyndall, the biologist Thomas Henry Huxley, and Charles Darwin. (Group C)

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must pass EN2003 and pass EN2004

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 2-hour seminars and 2 optional consultative hours.

Scheduled learning hours: 44

Guided independent study hours: 256

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: Coursework = 100%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 0%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 100%

Re-assessment: 3-hour Written Examination = 100%


Module teaching staff: Dr Greg Tate (GPT4)