Sensation Fiction

Course Dates: 12/05/21 - 14/07/21
Time: 10:15 - 12:15
Location: Online
This online literature course will explore the Victorian genre of sensation fiction, looking at the period of the 1860s when this genre was enormously popular.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £115.00

Course Code: HLT219

Wed, day, 12 May - 14 Jul '21

Duration: 10 sessions (over 10 weeks)

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What is the course about?

The course will look at the period of the 1860s when the sensation novel was enormously popular – and scandalous. It will also look at its influence on other Victorian writers, by considering Dickens’ The Mystery of Edwin Drood and Thomas Hardy’s Desperate Remedies.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

East Lynne (Mrs Henry Wood)
Lady Audley’s Secret (Mary Braddon)
The Dead Secret (Wilkie Collins)
The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Charles Dickens)
Desperate Remedies (Thomas Hardy).

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

Have a broader understanding of this particular genre of novel and its influence on fiction during the Victorian period and now.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

For those who enjoy reading and discussing novels, especially Victorian novels, and are interested in sharing ideas and listening to the views of others. You do not need a specialist knowledge of the period.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Reading the texts is the only preparation required. Other supporting material will be given out during lecture/discussion sessions.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Any copies of the following novels (some may be available to read online):

East Lynne (Mrs Henry Wood)
Lady Audley’s Secret (Mary Braddon)
The Dead Secret (Wilkie Collins)
The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Charles Dickens)
Desperate Remedies (Thomas Hardy).

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Look for other literature courses on our website at, culture and writing/literature/fiction.

Siv Jansson

Dr Siv Jansson has worked at a range of institutions in the UK and overseas, including Imperial College, The Open University, Royal Holloway (University of London), the University of Greenwich, and Middlesex University, and the University of Auckland. Siv's specialism is English literature, where she has extensive teaching, research and publication experience. She was Literary Advisor on the BBC drama, 'To Walk Invisible' (2016).

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