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Charles Kingsley and the Mid-Victorian World Picture
Charles Kingsley and the Mid-Victorian World Picture

A.Y. Credits
2016/2017 8
Lecturer Email Office hours for students
Jan Marten Ivo Klaver as published on Departmental website
Teaching in foreign languages
Course entirely taught in a foreign language English
This course is entirely taught in a foreign language and the final exam can be taken in the foreign language.

Assigned to the Degree Course

Foreign languages and intercultural studies (LM-37)
Date Time Classroom / Location

Learning Objectives

In the history of nineteenth-century England Kingsley has taken a place as an eminent Victorian. His is an important voice in the intellectual debates of the age and very few modern books on (aspectsof ) the period fail to mention him. As a thinker of non-mainstream ideas, his courageous synthesis of sexuality and Christianity and his delighted participation in God’s creation have fascinated modern critics. Although his importance as a divine in the Anglican Church has turned out to be negligible, he remains significant in its history. He has never been taken very seriously as a historian, but modernhistoriography has shown some renewed interest in his ideas about history. Kingsley’s roles as a social reformer and as a naturalist had a considerable impact on his time. He was an impressive populariser of controversial issues and he did much to bring them to the attention of the public. One hundred and thirty years of criticism have reassessed Kingsley’s place in English literature mainly as a novelist. Admittedly, a few of his lyrics have earned a place in English verse and are still anthologized today, but his fame today rests mainly on his fiction, and much of his reputation rests on being the author of one of the greatest classics in English children’s literature.This course analyses some of Kingsley’s works and the Mid-Victorian World Picture that emerges from them. The course aims at providing students with a firm understanding of the literary and cultural scene of the mid-Victorian Period. During the course students will acquire the necessary linguistic and critical tools to analyze works of literature, discuss literary works using the correct terminology, and be encouraged to make autonomous judgments. 


1 - Alton Locke ; 2 - Hypatia ; 3 - Water-Babies ; 4 - Selected Poems

Bridging Courses

16 CFU in English Literature in previous BA course

Learning Achievements (Dublin Descriptors)

- Knowledge and understanding: students will acquire a good understanding of the essential social-historical and social-cultural factors underpinning the period of study, and will be able to approach English literary studies with the appropriate critical instruments and methods.  

- Applying knowledge and understanding: students will have the linguistic, cultural and critical abilities to describe and analyse English Literature.

- Making judgements: students will acquire the critical ability to judge and evaluate literary texts and will be able to express autonomous opinions on social-literary subjects of different historical periods. 

- Communication skills: students will be trained to have an open and unprejudiced attitude to different realities and periods and express themselves in appropriate language.

- Learning skills: students will possess the necessary methodological skills, the critical abilities, bibliographical knowledge and research skills to continue their studies in the field.

Teaching Material

The teaching material prepared by the lecturer in addition to recommended textbooks (such as for instance slides, lecture notes, exercises, bibliography) and communications from the lecturer specific to the course can be found inside the Moodle platform › blended.uniurb.it

Supporting Activities

Students are invited to visit my page on Blended Learning Uniurb for further study materials. Use of audiovisual aids is an integral part of the programme. The course will be held in English.  
The course will be held in English.

Didactics, Attendance, Course Books and Assessment


Lectures. During classes students will be asked to present their own reading of some passages (these activities will be graded and are part of the final mark).

Course books

written exam (in English)

Additional Information for Non-Attending Students


self study: non-attending students are expected to check out historical and cultural contexts on the internet. They are also invited to visit my page on Blended Learning Uniurb for further study materials. I also recommended critical biography: J.M.I. Klaver, The Apostle of the Flesh: A Critical Life of Charles Kingsley (Brill, 2006).

Course books

written exam (in English); the programme above is valid only till January/February 2018.


The course will be taught entirely in English. The final exam and the bibliography are in English.

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