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

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
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 distinctive genres and asking how they addressed related themes and contexts. In particular, it will examine the way in which formal innovation was a response to a series of historical upheavals: the French Revolution (1789¿94), the two decades of war that it initiated (1793¿1815), and the socially and politically volatile peace that followed.
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 2022/23, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  92
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 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 2500 word coursework essay (40%) submitted mid-semester;
plus 3000 word final essay submitted during exam period (60%).
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No Exam Information
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
Primary Reading

Edmund Burke, from Reflections on the Revolution in France (1790);
Thomas Paine, from Rights of Man (1791);
Mary Wollstonecraft, from A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792).

Anna Barbauld, ¿Epistle to Wilberforce¿ (1792) and Eighteen Hundred and Eleven (1812);
William Blake, Visions of the Daughters of Albion (1794).

Blank-verse Autobiography
Charlotte Smith, The Emigrants (1793);
William Wordsworth, from The Prelude (1805).

The Modern Ballad
S.T. Coleridge, ¿The Rime of the Ancyent Marinere¿ (1798);
William Wordsworth, ¿The Thorn¿ (1798);
Walter Scott, ballads from The Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border (1802¿3).

The Ode and the Sublime
William Wordsworth, ¿Ode¿ (1807);
S.T. Coleridge, ¿Dejection: An Ode¿ (1817);
P.B. Shelley, ¿Mont Blanc¿ (1817);
John Keats, ¿To Autumn¿ (1820);
Edmund Burke, from A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful (1759).

The Domestic Novel
Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility (1811).

The Historical Novel
Walter Scott, Rob Roy (1817).

Variations on the Gothic
Byron, Manfred (1817);
Mary Shelley, Frankenstein (1818).
James Hogg, The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner (1824).
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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 organiserProf Penny Fielding
Tel: (0131 6)50 3609
Course secretaryMiss Hope Hamilton
Tel: (0131 6)50 4167
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