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Undergraduate Course: Metaphysics and Melancholy: Philosophy/Literature 1689-1764 (ENLI10081)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaEnglish Literature Other subject areaNone
Course website Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionSetting out from Locke's Essay, the course will chart the erosion of religion by a newly energised relationship between the philosophy of "ideas" and literature in the eighteenth century. Topics covered will include the context of Locke's Essay; the rise of a rhetoric of "imagination" in Addison and Akenside; the influence of Locke's political philosophy upon Defoe's Robinson Crusoe; the erasure of the division between "poetic" style and "philosophic" content in Hume; the ideology of the beautiful / sublime in Burke, Thomson and the "Gothic" sensibility of Walpole. One of the principal themes of the course will be the way in which empiricism fostered a culture of subjectivity which, while encouraging a heightened emphasis on imagination in literature, in many ways proves to be self-undermining. At the same time attention will focus on the way in which the apparently subversive and revolutionary implications of Locke's philosophy of matter and sensation came to find a home in Burke's conservative aesthetic, leaving the Romantics to tease out the political contradictions of eighteenth-century empiricism.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: ( English Literature 1 (ENLI08001) OR Scottish Literature 1 (ENLI08016)) AND ( English Literature 2 (ENLI08003) OR Scottish Literature 2 (ENLI08004))
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs Essential course texts
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesA MINIMUM of three college/university level literature courses at grade B or above (should include no more than one introductory level literature course). Related courses such as civilisation or creative writing are not considered for admissions to this course.
Applicants should also note that, as with other popular courses, meeting the minimum does NOT guarantee admission. In making admissions decisions preference will be given to students who achieve above the minimum requirement with the typical visiting student admitted to this course having three to four literature classes at grade A.
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?Yes
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 2, Available to all students (SV1) Learn enabled:  Yes Quota:  None
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Class Delivery Information 1 hour(s) per week for 10 week(s). 1 hour a week attendance at Autonomous Learning Group - times to be arranged
Course Start Date 13/01/2014
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 196 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 75 %, Coursework 25 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)Metaphysics and Melacholy: Philosophy/Literature 1689-17642:00
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
This course aims to extend students' knowledge of the relationship between philosophy and literature in Britain through a close examination of how these two disciplines influence each other during the last decade of the seventeenth century and the first half of the eighteenth century.
Assessment Information
1 essay of 2,500 words (25%);
1 x 2 hour exam
Special Arrangements
Numbers are limited to 15, with priority given to students taking degrees involving English or Scottish Literature and Visiting Students placed by the Admissions Office. Students not in these categories need the written approval of the Head of English Literature before enrolling. In the case of excess applications places will be decided by ballot.
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Course organiserDr Tim Milnes
Tel: (0131 6)50 3615
Course secretaryMrs Anne Mason
Tel: (0131 6)50 3618
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