Graduate Study - Faculty of Education and Humanities
3+2 English Language and Literature

Code Name Level Year Semester
ELT 502 Early Victorian England Graduate 1 Spring
Status Number of ECTS Credits Class Hours Per Week Total Hours Per Semester Language
7.5 149 English

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Melih Karakuzu, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Melih Karakuzu, Assoc. Prof. Dr.
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The Victorian Period of English history (1837-1901) witnessed a set of complex political, social, scientific, and philosophical developments.These developments were intricately tied to and represented by the culture’s various forms of literary production—most notably the Victorian novel.In addition, this period saw the rise of Darwinism, Marxism, and Freudian psychoanalysis—a set of theories that would forever change global society and culture.In this course, we will study the ways in which the Victorian novel came to grapple with these and other related ideas and issues, and will track the methods by which the novels of this age represented social, political, scientific, philosophical, and cultural concerns. The course has been arranged to first acquaint you with the broader socio-historical and literary context in which Victorian novels and flourished and is then divided into three units that we might roughly categorize as the concerns, forms, and impulses of the Victorian novel.

  1. An Introduction to the Victorian Period and the Victorian Novel
  2. Introduction to Queen Victoria: Life, Work, and Vision of England
  3. English Politics During the Age of Queen Victoria:Victorian Era: Politics
  4. ndustrialization, the Decline of Agrarian Lifestyle, and the Rise of the Urban, Working Class
  5. The Literary Scene: The Importance of the Press: Freedom of Speech, Technological Advances, and Changes in Readership
  6. The Victorian Novel & Readership :Rosalind Crone: \\\"Reading Culture in the Victorian Underworld
  7. An Introduction to the Victorian Novel :Victorians & Victorianism
  8. Midterm Exam
  9. Victorian Realism
  10. Victorian Novels and Representations of Memory
  11. Sense & Sensation in the Victorian Novel
  12. The Governess in Victorian Fiction
  13. Coincidence, Chance, and Fate in the Victorian Novel – The Case of Thomas Hardy
  14. Presentations


    • Lectures
    • Presentation
    • Assignments
    Description (%)
    Method Quantity Percentage (%)
    Midterm Exam(s)130
    Final Exam150
    Total: 100
    Learning outcomes
    • Provide an introduction and overview to the Victorian era and the Victorian novel.
    • Explain and define “Victorianism” as both a historical period and as a movement in art and literature.
    • Explain and describe the major concerns of the Victorian novel.
    • Identify the major forms of the Victorian novel.
    • Discuss the Victorian authorship and novelistic impulses of the most canonical Victorian authors including, for example, Charles Dickens, George Eliot, the Brontë Sisters, Joseph Conrad, Elizabeth Gaskell, Thomas Hardy, and Anthony Trollope.
    • James, L.: The Victorian Novel. Wiley- Blackwell.2007
    • Dennis, B.: The Victorian Novel. Cambridge University Press.2000
    • Dairdre, D.: The Cambridge Companion to the Victorian Novel. Cambridge University Press.2001
    • Levine, G.: How to Read the Victorian Novel (How to Study Literature). Wiley-Blackwell. 2007

    ECTS (Allocated based on student) WORKLOAD
    Activities Quantity Duration (Hour) Total Work Load
    Lecture (14 weeks x Lecture hours per week)453135
    Laboratory / Practice (14 weeks x Laboratory/Practice hours per week)10110
    Midterm Examination (1 week)122
    Final Examination(1 week)122
    Preparation for Midterm Examination 0
    Preparation for Final Examination7.50
    Total Workload: 149
    ECTS Credit (Total workload/25): 6