Romanticism (EAS3143)

StaffDr Andrew Rudd - Convenor
Credit Value30
ECTS Value15
NQF Level6
Duration of Module Term 1: 11 weeks;

Module aims

In addition to the primary literature, we will pay close attention to the central philosophical ideas 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 such as revolution, nature and the imagination. At the centre of the module will be an exploration of writings by leading authors of the period, including Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Shelley, Keats and Byron. The final weeks will be devoted to furthering our understanding of Romanticism through studying women Romantic authors and the Gothic, before discussing the legacy of Romanticism through the nineteenth century and in our own times.

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. demonstrate an advanced appreciation of specific authors and texts from the Romantic period (1780-1830);
  • 2. demonstrate an advanced appreciation of the literary history and cultural context of the Romantic period;
  • 3. demonstrate an advanced appreciation of the most important theoretical approaches to the phenomenon of Romanticism;
  • 4. demonstrate a critical understanding of some of the key themes, topics and debates that emerge in late eighteenth and early nineteenth-century Romantic texts;
  • 5. engage in significant critical debates surrounding issues of gender, liberty and political rights, the nature of the human, the relationship between mind and body, questions of justice and equality, and issues related to landscape and environment;

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

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

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 9. through seminar work and presentations, demonstrate advanced communication skills, and an ability to work both individually and in groups;
  • 10. through essay-writing, demonstrate appropriate research and bibliographic skills, an advanced capacity to construct a coherent, substantiated argument, and a capacity to write clear and correct prose;
  • 11. through research for seminars, essays, and presentations demonstrate advanced proficiency in information retrieval and analysis;
  • 12. through sitting their final examination, demonstrate advanced proficiency in the use of memory and in the development, organization, and expression of ideas under pressure of time.

Syllabus plan

Week 1 Introduction to Romanticism

Week 2 Revolution: Helen Maria Williams, Letters Written in France

Week 3 William Blake

Week 4 Wordsworth and Coleridge I

Week 5 Wordsworth and Coleridge II

Week 6 Percy Bysshe Shelley

Week 7 John Keats

Week 8 Lord Byron

Week 9 Women Romantic authors: Hemans, Barbauld, Landon etc

Week 10 The Gothic: Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein

Week 11 Romanticism to the present day

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

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad
33 267 0

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Guided Independent33study group preparation and meetings
Guided Independent70seminar preparation (individual)
Guided Independent164reading, research and essay preparation

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Essay 1000 wordsFeedback sheet with opportunity for tutorial follow-up.

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
Essay 503000 words1-10Feedback sheet with opportunity for tutorial follow-up.
Exam502 hours1-5, 8, 12Feedback sheet with opportunity for tutorial follow-up.

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

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
EssayEssay1-5, 8, 12Referral/deferral period
ExamExam1-5, 8, 12Referral/deferral period

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Core Reading:

Helen Maria Williams, Letters Written in France (Broadview)

Mary Shelley, Frankenstein (Penguin)

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

Secondary Reading:

Aidan Day, Romanticism (Routledge, 1996)

Stuart Curran, Poetic Form and British Romanticism (OUP, 1990)

Stephen Copley and John Whale (eds.), Beyond Romanticism: New Approaches to Texts and Contexts

1780-1832 (Routledge, 1992)

Anne Mellor, Romanticism and Gender (Routledge, 1993)

Jonathan Bate, Romantic Ecology (Routledge, 1991)

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Romanticism, literature, poetry, ode, ballad, nature, imagination