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Victorian Gothic: History, Literature and Culture (Distance Learning) MA

Victorian Gothic: History, Literature and Culture (Distance Learning) MA

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Distance without attendance | Online/Distance Learning | 2 years | 23-JAN-23

Study mode

Distance without attendance

Duration

2 years

Start date

23-JAN-23

Key information
DATA SOURCE : IDP Connect

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Nineteenth Century English Literature Literature: Specific Periods Social History Cultural Studies

Course type

Taught

Course Summary

Overview

Victorian society and culture was a contradiction – an era of bold vision and technological wonders entwined with deep social fears and cultural anxieties.

Why do we associate the Victorians with darkness, sin, hypocrisy and monstrosity? Why does the Gothic seem to best encapsulate how we think about and remember the Victorians? These are some of the questions you'll explore on this course.

This MA explores not just 19th-century Gothic cultures but, more generally, the fears, wonders, and dark imagination of the Victorian era. Through a rich and fascinating range of historical, literary and folkloric texts, themes and approaches, you'll probe the darker side of the Victorian age.

The course gives you access to a wealth of online resources and digitised archival material relating to Victorian culture and draws on local literary and cultural resources, such as the Conan Doyle Collection (Lancelyn Green Bequest) in Portsmouth’s Central Library. You'll have the freedom and scope to pursue your own areas of interest and research via an individual research project and 15,000-word dissertation.

What you'll experience

On this course you'll:

Be taught by experts from both the history and English departments at the University of Portsmouth
Develop your research skills, critical thinking and literary analysis
Work through 2 core content modules, focussed on the cultural tensions between Victorian anxieties (crime, poverty, slums, and degeneration) and Victorian enchantment (stage magic, spiritualism and the occult, the development of Victorian celebrity culture, the struggle of intellect to break from folkloric magic and supernatural superstition in a ‘modern’ age)
Use our Library’s wealth of online archival material including London Low Life, Victorian Popular Culture, The Old Bailey Online, The Charles Booth Archive, and the British Library Newspaper Archive
Have opportunities to undertake research in the Charles Dickens Collection and Arthur Conan Doyle Collection (Lancelyn Green Bequest), both housed in the Portsmouth Central Library, Portsmouth.

Careers and opportunities

As well as giving you greater expertise in the field of Victorian Gothic literature, this course also enhances your knowledge and skill in other areas. During this course, you'll:

develop the skillset required to work in the heritage industry, the arts and media
develop a strong grounding for pursuing more advanced levels of academic study, including PhDs and careers in academia
have the opportunity to gain experience in event organisation, voluntary work, management and promotion, such as for local cultural events, for example, Portsmouth DarkFest
improve your broader academic skills, such as the ability to analyse, assess, synthesise and evaluate
develop your archival and research skills, as well as data analysis and interpretation abilities
improve your oral and written communication, time and workload management, and other transferable skills.

Modules

Independent Project (30 Credits) - Core
Dissertation (60 Credits) - Core
Theory, Skills and Approaches (critical skills and archives module) (30 Credits) - Core
Victorian Anxieties (content module 1) (30 Credits) - Core
Victorian Enchantments (content module 2) (30 Credits) - Core

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

For this course (per year)

3,730

International fees
Course fees for EU and international students

For this course (per year)

3,730

Entry requirements

A minimum of a second-class honours degree or equivalent, in History, English, or a relevant subject, or a master's degree in an appropriate subject. Equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications will be considered.

University information

The University of Portsmouth is an innovative, research-driven institution with a modern, well-resourced campus which is a fantastic place to study at postgraduate level. The university invests intelligently in its teaching and facilities, delivering an internationally respected curriculum and providing a rich and varied student experience. Portsmouth is renowned in areas such as astrophysics, forensics and sports science, and produces an...more