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Undergraduate Course: The Reign of Terror: Fear and Loathing in Romantic Literature (ENLI10315)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaEnglish Literature Other subject areaNone
Course website Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThis course introduces students to different concepts and discourses of terror in romantic period literature. It concentrates mainly on the relationship between the aesthetic category of the sublime and the political climate of fear created by the Reign of Terror in France in the mid-1790s and intensified by the revolutionary wars in Europe. The course explores how ideas and perceptions of terror fed into romantic literature, and how romantic literature in turn helped to reshape notions of fear. Through reading primary texts and examining contemporary images (such as paintings, engravings, and magazine illustrations) students will develop an enhanced understanding of the connections between the romantic language of terror and other topics, including millenarianism, anti-jacobinism, spectatorship, codes of visuality, obscenity and pornography, prophecy, pantheism, materiality, subjectivity, friendship, domesticity, the Gothic, ?atrocity,= the body, imagination, sexuality, and liminality. The course will begin with an introductory session outlining the main themes and writers on the course, and close with a seminar addressing the relevance of notions of terror and the sublime to (post)modern culture and society.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites It is RECOMMENDED that students have passed Scottish Literature 2 (ENLI08004) OR English Literature 2 (ENLI08003)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs Essential course texts
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 1, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Learn enabled:  Yes Quota:  30
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Class Delivery Information 1 hour(s) per week for 10 week(s): plus one 1-hour Autonomous Learning Group per week at time to be arranged.
Course Start Date 16/09/2013
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 194 )
Additional Notes plus attendance at Autonomous Learning Group for one hour per week
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)2:00
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
1. An understanding of the cultural significance of literature 1759-1822;
2. An understanding of the historical origins and constructions of the notions of "terror" and the "sublime";
3. An understanding of the historical and theoretical relationships between images and texts;
4. An enhanced ability to think critically and historically about key cultural and political ideas;
5. An enhanced ability to apply different methods and theories to the interpretation of texts;
6. An enhanced ability to discuss and develop intellectual ideas with others;
7. An enhanced ability to work collaboratively on group projects and presentations;
8. An improved ability to develop and sustain intellectual arguments in essay form.
Assessment Information
One course essay of c. 2500 words (25%);

and one two-hour exam (75%).
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Course organiserDr Tim Milnes
Tel: (0131 6)50 3615
Course secretaryMs Sheila Strathdee
Tel: (0131 6)50 3619
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