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A Guide to Victorian Literature | Non-Fiction

Ruth Owen | Monday October 17, 2011

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Source: Work, Ford Madox Brown

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1. Queen Victoria’s Reign
2. Prose
3. Poetry
4. Drama
5. Non-Fiction
6. Examination
7. Assessment Objectives, Exemplar & Contextual Linking

The following passages are non-fiction and though longer than the exam extract will be, they are similar to the type of extract you will meet in the exam.

  • How do the writers express their thoughts and feelings in these extracts? Look closely and comment upon language, form and structure.
  • Think of your wider reading. What could you use from your wider reading in connection with these passages?

Extracts from Victorian Literature

  • London Labour and the London Poor [1852], Henry Mayhew
  • The Life of Charlotte Bronte, Elizabeth Gaskell
  • Mrs Beeton, 1836-1865 [Extract]
  • Victorian Working Women, Arthur Munby 1828-1910

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