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Course Aims and Objectives:
The course is divided into five key areas: ‘Revolution’; ‘Women’; ‘Nature’; ‘Gothic’; and ‘Second Generation Romanticism’.
In the first term, we will be setting our studies against a social and historical background, understanding the core ideas and principles involved in Romanticism in the light of wider events, particularly the French Revolution (1789) and Napoleonic Wars and the period of political crisis that followed the battle of Waterloo (1815). Why and how do Revolutionary events translate into literary activity? We will consider how these ideas are related to issues of gender and to two another major preoccupation of Romantic writing, the natural world, which we will explore in the final part of the term.
In the first half of the second term, the course will then turn its attention to the literary movement of ‘Gothic’ which emerges during the Romantic period. In the second half, with a wider context now fully established, we examine the relationship between first and second generation Romanticism exploring some of the more complex underlying ideas about the workings of the mind, of identity and of the imagination as they find expression in the major writers of the period and considering the extent to which these ideas are located within a social context.
The course aims to give students a well-rounded sense of Romanticism as a full development of earlier eighteenth-century ideas and movements, as well as a distinct period in itself. We will work out of close knowledge of key texts in order to begin to tackle some of the wider, more abstract ideas, such as nature, memory, imagination, and the sublime. We will also try to consider literary ideas within a broader social, historical and philosophical context. The first coursework assignment will involve a close reading exercise undertaken in the form of a ‘class test’. The second assignment will allow students to explore key themes more broadly and independently. Unassessed presentational work may be required during the term.
1 x close reading exercise (1,000 words; 10% supplementary evidence) - readings given a week in advance, taken as a take-home paper; 1 x 2,000-word essay (30% supplementary evidence); 1 x 2.5 hours examination (60%)
Take-home essay paper = to be handed in by 4pm Monday of Week 10/Term 1
Essay = by 12 noon on Thursday of Week 10/ Term 2.
1 lecture and 1 seminar per week
Romanticism: An Anthology ed. Duncan Wu (3rd Ed. 2005). MUST buy this!
Romanticism: A Source Book ed. Simon Bainbridge (2008). Not essential reading, but useful additional contexts, especially for Women and Revolution.
Godwin, William. Caleb Williams, ed. David McCracken (The World’s Classics, 1982).
Lewis, Matthew. The Monk (any affordable edition).
Austen, Jane. Northanger Abbey and Sense and Sensibility (any affordable edition).
Shelley, Mary. Frankenstein (any, but preferably of the 1831 edition, OUP).
Wollstonecraft, Mary, Mary, Or the Wrongs of Women (any edition)
For further reading, see the course LUVLE site.
Lecturers: AHB = Dr Arthur Bradley; AK = Mr Andrew King; CLS = Dr Catherine Spooner; DC = Dr David Cooper; SCB = Dr Sally Bushell; SJJB = Prof Simon Bainbridge; SM = Dr Simon Marsden
English Literature students should note that the weekly lecture strand ENGL 201 (Practical) has been designed to enhance key close reading skills at second-year level. You are expected to attend this lecture strand as part of your English programme.
ENGL 207: BRITISH ROMANTICISM
Lecture Time and Venue (Term 1): Monday 9am – 10am, Elizabeth Livingston Lecture Theatre
Lecture Time and Venue (Term 2): Monday 9am – 10am, Bowland Main Lecture Theatre
Course Convenor: Prof Keith Hanley (Term 1); Dr Sally Bushell (Terms 2 and 3)
Lecture / Seminar Programme: Seminars follow the topics of the lectures
«Journal of symbolic logic» 1934г., VI part 4, XXVI part 1-2? 1960 г., V part 4-5, 1980г