EN 3SON: SONG OF THE LAND: WORDSWORTH

Natural environments, landscapes shaped by labour, the fate of countryside communities: these themes have been crucial to British writing since the Romantic age. This module, run in collaboration with MERL (Reading’s Museum of English Rural Life) looks at the evolution of georgic modes in British literature over the last two centuries. It focuses on the figure of the outsider in rural society, and on the ambiguous identification of writers with those who live beyond communities. It also gives an introduction to British folk song – to its ‘outsider’ relationship with mainstream literature, and its parallel engagement with the outsider theme. Hands-on work with MERL’s object collections helps students consider the meaningfulness of the connections that material culture provides with our receding rural heritage.

Term(s) offered: Spring term module; 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Credit: 3.0
General Education: II A 1