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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
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis 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 and engravings) students will develop an enhanced understanding of the connections between the romantic language of terror and other topics, including millenarianism, anti-jacobinism, spectatorship, violence, prophecy, pantheism, materiality, subjectivity, friendship, domesticity, the Gothic, 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.
Course description Not entered
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
Academic year 2018/19, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  12
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
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 Information (Learning and Teaching) plus attendance at Autonomous Learning Group for one hour per week
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 60 %, Coursework 30 %, Practical Exam 10 %
Additional Information (Assessment) One course essay of c. 2500 words (30%);
One class participation mark (10%)
and one take-home exam essay of c. 3000 words (60%).
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. An understanding of the cultural significance of literature 1759-1822;
  2. An enhanced ability to apply different methods and theories to the interpretation of texts;
  3. An enhanced ability to discuss and develop intellectual ideas with others;
  4. An enhanced ability to work collaboratively on group projects and presentations;
  5. An improved ability to develop and sustain intellectual arguments in essay form.
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Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Additional 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.
KeywordsENLILiterature in Terror
Course organiserDr Tim Milnes
Tel: (0131 6)50 3615
Course secretaryMs June Cahongo
Tel: (0131 6)50 3620
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