Allowing the students to:
1. get a general idea of what the main features of the Victorian literary production were;
2. know the main features of Victorian Poetry and Novel;
3. understand how realism influenced the early and mid periods of the Victorian Age;
5. realise how the Aesthetic Movement was part of the Anti-Victorian reaction.

Tempo di apprendimento

Apprendimento in: 3 hours


A How-To Guide

Stage 1 – On your textbook

1.1. Read page 22 [Victorian Poetry] and do the Exercises 1 and 3.
Skip the third paragraph “Outstanding poets” being something very close to a mere list.

1.2. Read pages 24/5 [The Victorian novel]
Read all the information which allow you to do the Exercises 2 and 3 on page 26 and pay particular attention to the following:

1. The publishing world so as to understand the various implications of the publication by instalments above all concerning the relation writer/readers;
2. The novelists’ main aims and tasks (to show social issues, to moralise, to entertain and so on);
3. Types of novels (humanitarian and formation novels in particular since they’ll be studied widely together with Charles Dickens).

1.3. Read page 28 [The late Victorian novel]
Read and organize the information of the three paragraphs so as to be able to do the attached Exercises 1, 2 and 3 and be sure you understood the basic features of the realistic, psychological and colonial novels.

1.4. Read pages 29 [Aestheticism and Decadence] and 30 [The features of Aesthetic works]
Read and organize the information about the Aesthetic Movement in Europe and, specifically, in England together with Walter Pater’s activity and influence, so as to be able to do the attached Exercises 1 and 2.

Stage 2 – Online

2.1. Victorian Literature (PPT Presentation)
Sum up your knowledge through the reading of the PPT presentation from your textbook.
2.2. The Victorian Era (PPT Presentation)
A short survey for those who need some revision.


2.3. Complete your knowledge watching the following videos.
2.3.1. Realist- and Victorian literature (Video Resource)
The speaker is Swedish but, nonetheless, she’s extremely clear and fluent. In case you can’t understand some words or sentences you may always turn on the subtitles.

2.3.2. The Aesthetic Movement, Victorian England (Video Resource)
Extensively informative presentation.

2.3.3. The Aesthetic Movement 1860–1900 (Video Resource)
Originally created for the Cult of Beauty: The Aesthetic Movement 1860-1900 exhibition on display 2 April – 17 July 2011, it shows A world of beauty, flamboyance and faint danger … via the work of Sir Edward Burne-Jones, Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Oscar Wilde.


As outlined above.