Romanticism (EAS2106)

StaffDr Emily BernhardJackson - Convenor
Credit Value30
ECTS Value15
NQF Level6
Duration of Module Term 2: 11 weeks;

Module aims

In addition to the primary literature, we will pay close attention to the central concepts and concerns of the era; the visual arts; Romantic experimentation with poetic forms; and the intertextual literary circles that formed between key Romantic figures. The early weeks of the module will introduce key Romantic concerns. At the centre of the module will be an exploration of writings by leading authors of the period, including Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Mary Wollestonecraft, Letitia Landon, John Keats, Felicia Hemans, and Lord Byron. The final weeks will be devoted to furthering our understanding of Romanticism through studying the Romantic attachment to the supernatural, before discussing the legacy of Romanticism in our own times.

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. demonstrate an informed appreciation of specific literary texts and authors from the Romantic period (1780-1830);
  • 2. demonstrate a sound knowledge of the literary history of the period and the critical ideas which have been applied to it;
  • 3. demonstrate an informed appreciation of some of the key themes, topics and debates that emerge in late eighteenth and early nineteenth-century Romantic texts.

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 4. demonstrate an ability to analyse the literature of an earlier era and to relate its concerns and its modes of expression to its historical context;
  • 5. demonstrate an ability to interrelate texts and discourses specific to their own discipline with issues in the wider context of cultural and intellectual history;
  • 6. demonstrate an ability to understand and analyse relevant theoretical ideas, and to apply these ideas to literary texts.

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 7. through essay-writing, demonstrate appropriate research and bibliographic skills, a capacity to construct a coherent, substantiated argument, and a capacity to write clear and correct prose;
  • 8. through research for seminars and assessments, demonstrate proficiency in information retrieval and analysis;
  • 9. through an exam, learn how to hone exam skills

Syllabus plan

Topics to be covered may include:


What were they rebelling against?

The French Revolution, the American Revolution, the Industrial Revolution

William Blake

Romanticism and the supernatural, inc. Castle of Otranto

William Wordsworth

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Percy Shelley

Understudied Writers such as Mary Wollestonecraft, Mary Prince, Letitia Landon, Mary Robinson, the Peasant Poets

Lord Byron

John Keats


The module will include a “Focus on Assessment” week

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning & Teaching Activities22Two-hour seminars
Guided Independent Learning33Exam preparation
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities1710 text-based Lectures 7 context lectures
Guided Independent Learning70Individual Seminar preparation
Guided Independent Learning158Essay preparation

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Essay750 wordsQuick written feedback and/or verbal feedback

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Exam451500 words1-9Written and oral
Exam452 hours1-9Written and oral
Seminar Participation10Ongoing1-9Oral Feedback

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Seminar ParticipationRepeat Study or Mitigation1-9Referral/deferral period
EssayEssay1-9Referral/deferral period
ExamExam1-9Referral/deferral period

Re-assessment notes

Essay – Re-Assessment via 2,000-word essay

Exam – Re-assessment via 2,000-word essay

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Core Reading:

A Vindication of the Rights of Woman– Mary Wollestonecraft

The Castle of Otranto– Horace Walpole

A Philosophical Enquiry into…the Sublime and the Beautiful– Edmund Burke

Lyrical Ballads– Wordsworth and Coleridge

The Norton Anthology of English Literature: Romantic Period (ed. Greenblatt and Abrams)

Module has an active ELE page?


Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

ELE – Yes College to provide hyperlink to appropriate pages

Available as distance learning?


Origin date


Last revision date


Key words search

English, literature, Romantic, Romanticism, Nature, Imagination, Sublime