2022/23 Undergraduate Module Catalogue
ENGL2028 Literature of the Romantic Period
20 creditsClass Size: 110
Module manager: Dr Richard de Ritter
Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable
Year running 2022/23
Pre-requisite qualificationsGrade 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
|ENGL2015||Literature of Romantic Period|
This module is approved as a discovery module
Module summaryThis 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.
ObjectivesStudents will have a knowledge of and ability to analyse the key texts and concepts of this period of literary history.
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 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.
Research skills, including information retrieval skills, the organisation of material, and the evaluation of its importance.
Time management and organisational skills.
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.
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|Private study hours||168.00|
|Total Contact hours||32.00|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||200.00|
Private studySeminar preparation, reading, essay writing.
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackContribution to seminars.
Feedback on assessed essay.
Methods of assessment
|Assessment type||Notes||% of formal assessment|
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)||100.00|
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 listThe reading list is available from the Library website
Last updated: 27/05/2022
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