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2008/09 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

ENGL2015 Literature of the Romantic Period

20 creditsClass Size: 350


Module manager: Professor John Whale

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2008/09

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.

Please note: This module is restricted to Level 2 and 3 students.

This module is approved as an Elective

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.


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

Learning outcomes
Students will have developed:
- the ability to use written and oral communication effectively;
- the capacity to analyse and critically examine diverse forms of discourse;
- the ability to manage quantities of complex information in a structured and systematic way;
- the capacity for independent thought and judgement;
- critical reasoning;
- research skills, including the retrieval of information, the organisation of material and the evaluation of its importance;
- IT skills;
- efficient time management and organisation skills;
- the ability to learn independently.

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.


This module introduces students to the exciting variety of literature produced during the Romantic period (1789-1832), including poetry, fiction, and non-fictional prose. It will address some of the key literary concepts and issues of the period such as the imagination, the sublime, the organic, and the role of the artist in society. The module also situates this body of writing in relation to some of the major political debates of the period, including issues of revolution, ideology, gender, and national identity. Students will be able to explore a mixture of canonical Romantic texts and works by less familiar authors of the period.

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
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.

Unassessed assignment.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)3 hr 00 mins100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)100.00

One unassessed essay of approximately 1700 words (including quotations and footnotes) is required, for which the deadline is given in the Undergraduate Student Handbook. This does not form part of the examination for this module, but is a module requirement and MUST be submitted. Students who fail to submit the unassessed essay will be awarded a maximum mark of 40 for the module (a bare Pass).

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 06/08/2008


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