This Blessed Plot: Landscape and Literature in the Eighteenth Century and Beyond (EAS3407)

30 credits

Praise for the beauties of the landscape runs like a green thread though English literature. This was never more the case than in the eighteenth century (1700-1830), when new aesthetic theories, new forms of land management and social and environmental changes all prompted profound re-assessment of the natural world. This module aims to show the lasting influence of eighteenth-century and Romantic landscape writing on our own environmental attitudes and nature writing, including works being produced and critical and social debates being conducted today. The module invites you to conceptualise connections between landscape, place and the creative imagination, using a range of critical tools and taking in some of the finest works of literature ever written. The assessment encourages you to conduct research on a place of special significance to you, either as a creative response or a critical essay.