The module will provide a broad introduction to the varied literary culture of the Romantic period in Britain by examining a diverse group of texts written between 1750 and 1850. Aims: The module will give students a clear sense of how the Romantic period fits into the longer history of English literature, attending both to the most well-known writers of the time and also to some who are less familiar. It will focus on the historical period between the French Revolution (1789) and the Great Reform Act (1832), drawing out themes that are relevant to the literature, but will also look back to the eighteenth century and forward to the early Victorian period. Attention will be paid to the idea of Romanticism as a movement, and this will be differentiated from the period as a whole. Literature from a wide variety of genres will be introduced including some or all of the following: the ballad, the Gothic novel, autobiographical poetry and prose, the conversation poem, the epistolary novel, the ode and the essay. Themes may include nature, the sublime, the confession, the city, addiction, slavery, political reform, the parody, Scottish Romanticism, the supernatural, dreams, religion, the ancient world and childhood.

Term(s) offered: Spring term module; 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Credit: 5.0
General Education: II A 1 or III B 2