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ENGL2028 Literature of the Romantic Period

20 creditsClass Size: 143

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Module manager: Dr David Higgins
Email: d.higgins@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semester 2 View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

Pre-requisite qualifications

Grade B at 'A' Level in English Language or Literature or equivalent or an achieved mark of 56 or above in a Level 1 module in English.

This module is mutually exclusive with

ENGL2015Literature of Romantic Period

Module replaces

ENGL2015

This module is approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module provides a broad survey of literature of the Romantic period, 1789-1832. It examines a wide range of literary genres from the period, including various forms of poetry, the novel, and non-fictional prose writing, and offers the opportunity to study both canonical and lesser-known authors. The module is based on an historical understanding of the period, but, within that, addresses the ideas of Romanticism which have come to define the period. Themes that are likely to be discussed on the module include the relationship between politics and aesthetics, Romantic creativity, representations of the self, and the condition of the nation. The module should be of interest to anyone wishing to gain an overview of this fascinating period within literary and cultural history.

Objectives

Students will have a knowledge of and ability to analyse the key texts and concepts of this period of literary history.

Learning outcomes
Skills outcomes and Graduate Attributes

In terms of Academic Excellence this module develops critical thinking, flexibility of thought and analytical skills. It supports and develops the ability to work autonomously, initiative, planning and organisational skills. Students will learn to analyse information, synthesise views and make connections; students will be critically aware of, and be informed by, current knowledge; and will develop research skills. In short:

- Skills for effective communication, oral and written.
- Capacity to analyse and critically examine diverse forms of discourse.
- Ability to acquire quantities of complex information of diverse kinds in a structured and systematic way.
- Capacity for independent thought and judgement.
- Critical reasoning.
- Research skills, including information retrieval skills, the organisation of material, and the evaluation of its importance.
- IT skills.
- Time management and organisational skills.
- Independent learning.

Skills outcomes
Skills for effective communication, oral and written.
Capacity to analyse and critically examine diverse forms of discourse.
Ability to acquire quantities of complex information of diverse kinds in a structured and systematic way.
Capacity for independent thought and judgement.
Critical reasoning.
Research skills, including information retrieval skills, the organisation of material, and the evaluation of its importance.
IT skills.
Time management and organisational skills.
Independent learning.


Syllabus

This module is an introduction to the impassioned and socially engaged literature of Romantic-period Britain. This is the age of William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge, of Mary Shelley and Lord Byron, of John Keats and Jane Austen. We will study the major writers of the period in depth, whilst equally exploring the diverse cultural networks from which they emerged. The module begins with the fevered political debates of the 1790s, when the French Revolution drove Britain to the brink of radical social change. It ends in the wake of the Regency, as the nation was redefining itself as an imperial superpower. In between, we will encounter searching psychological literature, sparkling social comedy, groundbreaking ecological writing, and, of course, unforgettable poetry.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Lecture221.0022.00
Seminar101.0010.00
Private study hours168.00
Total Contact hours32.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Seminar preparation, reading, essay writing.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Contribution to seminars.

Feedback on assessed essay.

Methods of assessment


Coursework
Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay1,700 word essay. Students must submit/sit and pass all elements of assessment. Students who fail any element (even as a result of penalties)) will have to resit the failed element in order to pass the module.33.30
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)33.30

Students must submit/sit and pass all elements of assessment. Students who fail any element (even as a result of penalties)) will have to resit the failed element in order to pass the module.


Exams
Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)3 hr 00 mins66.70
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)66.70

Students must submit/sit and pass all elements of assessment. Students who fail any element (even as a result of penalties)) will have to resit the failed element in order to pass the module.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 30/04/2019

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