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DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures : English Literature

Undergraduate Course: Romanticism: Themes, Genres and Contexts (ENLI10373)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course provides students with a broad, varied and yet detailed exploration of British Romantic literature by examining a number of its central themes and contexts: revolution, the ballad, terror and the sublime, gothic, the ode, history, the east, confession, sensibility and ecology. Through readings of the poetry, fiction, letters, journals and essays of the period, the course explores a network of relationships between key topics, writers, and critical approaches.
Course description This course provides third-year students with an opportunity to extend and deepen their knowledge of literature of the Romantic period by guiding them through a number of central topics and themes: revolution, the ballad, terror and the sublime, gothic, the ode, history, the east, confession, sensibility and ecology. Students will read a wide variety of texts from different genres in the Romantic period, including poetry, fiction, letters, journals and essays. The course does not attempt to construct a single narrative for the Romantic period, but instead introduces students to a network of relationships between key themes, writers, and critical approaches.
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
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesA MINIMUM of 4 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 other interdisciplinary classes, Freshman Year Seminars or composition/creative writing classes/workshops are not considered for admission 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 4 literature classes at grade A.

** as numbers are limited, visiting students should contact the Visiting Student Office directly for admission to this course **
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2017/18, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  75
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20, Other Study Hours 10, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 166 )
Additional Information (Learning and Teaching) one hour per week Autonomous Learning Group
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 60 %, Coursework 30 %, Practical Exam 10 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Course Essay 30% (2,500 words);
class participation assessment 10%;
Sit-down Exam (2 hours) 60%
Feedback Not entered
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. By the end of the course a student will be able to demonstrate knowledge of and critical engagement with some of the central topics and themes in Romantic literature
  2. By the end of the course a student will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the relationships between these themes and the history, philosophy and culture of the Romantic period
  3. By the end of the course a student will be able to demonstrate knowledge of contemporary debates and concepts in in modern Romantic criticism and scholarship
  4. By the end of the course a student will be able to demonstrate the ability to deploy a variety of methodological approaches to the study of romantic literature
  5. By the end of the course a student will be able to demonstrate the ability to reflect constructively on the development of their own learning and research practice
Reading List
Compulsory Primary Texts:

M.H. Abrams, et al., eds. The Norton Anthology of English Literature, 8th ed. (W.W. Norton & Co., 2006)
Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility, ed. James Kinsley, 2nd ed. (Oxford University Press, 2004)
William Beckford, Vathek, ed. Thomas Keymer (Oxford University Press, 2013)
William Blake, America: A Prophecy [Literature Online]
Byron, Selected Poems, ed. Susan Wolfson and Peter Manning (Penguin, 1996)
James Hogg, The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner, ed. Ian Duncan (Oxford University Press, 2010)
Walter Scott, The Heart of Mid-Lothian, ed. Tony Inglis (Penguin, 1994)
---, The Lay of the Last Minstrel [Literature Online]
Duncan Wu, ed. Romanticism: An Anthology, 4th ed. (Blackwell, 2012)

Recommended Reading:

M.H. Abrams, The Mirror and the Lamp: Romantic Theory and the Critical Tradition (1953)
---, Natural Supernaturalism: Tradition and Revolution in Romantic Literature (1973)
John Barrell, 'The Uses of Dorothy: 'The Language of the Sense' in 'Tintern Abbey,'' Wordsworth: Contemporary Critical Essays, ed. J. Williams (1993)
Harold Bloom, ed., Romanticism and Consciousness: Essays in Criticism (1970)
Marilyn Butler, Romantics, Rebels and Reactionaries: English Literature and its Background 1760-1830 (1981)
James Chandler, England in 1819: The Politics of Literary Culture and the Case of Romantic Historicism (1998)
---, Wordsworth's Second Nature (1984)
Jerome Christensen, Romanticism at the End of History (2000)
E. J. Clery, The Rise of Supernatural Fiction, 1762-1800 (1995)
Stuart Curran, ed., The Cambridge Companion to British Romanticism (1993)
---, Poetic Form and British Romanticism (1990)
Paul de Man, The Rhetoric of Romanticism (New York, 1984)
David Duff, Romanticism and the Uses of Genre (2009)
Ian Duncan, Scott's Shadow: The Novel in Romantic Edinburgh (2007)
James Engell, 'Coleridge and German Idealism: First Postulates, Final Causes,' The Coleridge Connection, eds. Richard Gravil and Molly Lefebure (1990)
Kelvin Everest and Alison Yarrington, eds. Reflections of Revolution: Images of Romanticism (1993)
Mary Favret and Nicola Watson, eds., At the Limits of Romanticism: Essays in Cultural, Feminist, and Materialist Criticism (1994)
Karen Fang, 'Empire, Coleridge, and Charles Lamb's Consumer Imagination,' SEL: Studies in English Literature, 1500-1900 43.4 (2003): 815-43.
Frances Ferguson, Solitude and the Sublime: Romanticism and the Aesthetics of Individuation (1992)
Jack Fruchtman, 'The Ăsthetics of Terror: Burke's Sublime and Helen Maria Williams's Vision of Anti-Eden' 1650-1850: Ideas, Aesthetics, and Inquiries in the Early Modern Era 6 (2001): 211-31
Geoffrey Hartman, 'Romanticism and Anti-Self-Consciousness,' Beyond Formalism: Literary Essays 1958-1971 (New Haven, 1970), 298-310.
---, Wordsworth's Poetry 1787-1814 (1964)
Gary Kelly, English Fiction of the Romantic Period 1789-1830 (1989)
Arthur O. Lovejoy, 'On the Discrimination of Romanticisms,' Publications of the Modern Languages Association of America 39 (1924): 229-53
Jerome J. McGann, The Romantic Ideology: A Critical Investigation (1983)
Timothy Morton, Shelley and the Revolution in Taste (1994)
Uttara Natarajan, 'The Veil of Familiarity: Romantic Philosophy and the Familiar Essay,' Studies in Romanticism 42.1 (2003): 27-44
Michael O'Neill, Romanticism and the Self-Conscious Poem (1997)
Alan Rauch, 'The Monstrous Body of Knowledge in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein,' Studies in Romanticism, 34.2 (1995): 227-53
Andrew Stauffer, Anger, Revolution, and Romanticism (2005)
Raymond Williams, Culture and Society 1780-1950 (1963)
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Additional Class Delivery Information one Seminar: 2 hours per week; plus attendance at Autonomous Learning Group for one hour each week - time to be arranged
KeywordsRomanticism,revolution,the ballad,terror,the sublime,gothic,the ode,history,the east,confes
Course organiserDr Alex Thomson
Tel: (0131 6)50 3058
Course secretaryMs June Haigh
Tel: (0131 6)50 3620
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