Poetry & Politics (EAS3408)

30 credits

This module explores the relationship between poetry and politics over the last two centuries through a uniquely reverse chronological approach. Beginning with contemporary poetry and working back episodically through the twentieth and nineteenth centuries, we will consider how poetry engages with broad sites of political tension and movement including gender, sexuality, class, and race, but we will also situate poetry within its particular political and historic framework, asking how this interacts with more literary considerations including form, address, and reception. The module will work back through history towards the Peterloo Massacre of 1819 and the French Revolution, treating them as points of literary, political, and historical focus.

Students with an interest in history or politics will find this module particularly interesting. However, no specialist knowledge is required in order to engage fully with this module.