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Module

SEL3016 : Orgasms, Odalisques, Onanism: Desire and the Body at the Fin de siècle

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Stacy Gillis
  • Owning School: English Lit, Language & Linguistics
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

This module introduces students to how sexual desire was understood in the U.K. at the turn of the century (1890-1930). We will consider the rise of popular interest in psychoanalysis, the emergence of sexology as a discipline, fears about degeneration, and the stylistic figurations that spoke (both literally and figuratively) to the frissons of desire. How was sexual desire constructed, controlled and codified at the fin-de-siècle? The module introduces and investigates theories of sexology, anthropology and psychoanalysis to read authors such as Elinor Glyn, Bram Stoker, E.M Hull, and Georgette Heyer and texts such as *The Yellow Book* and the newspaper reports of the Oscar Wilde trial. By the end of the module, students will have a sophisticated understanding of how pleasure was understood and signified at the fin de siècle. This module is assessed by a study group chapter; a portfolio outline; class participation; a portfolio (students complete two of the following: online exhibition; blog; exhibition critical introduction; book review essay).

Outline Of Syllabus

Lectures and seminars will concentrate on specific aspects of this period (including psychoanalysis, sexology, degeneration, and anthropology). The texts/authors studied on the module will vary from year to year. An indicative syllabus may include novels, short stories, journalism and criticism by Elinor Glyn, E.M. Hull, Georgette Heyer, and Bram Stoker as well as texts such as *The Yellow Book* and the newspaper reports of the Oscar Wilde trial. This second half of the module is driven largely by students' interest and there is the opportunity for students to introduce texts from the period in which they have an interest into the work of the module. The module concludes with portfolio writing groups and bootcamps.

Teaching Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Assessment Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

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