Postgraduate Course: The Reign of Terror: Fear and Loathing in Romantic Literature (ENLI11126)
|School||School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||This course explores literature of the Romantic period (1790-1830) in Britain in relation to the aesthetics and politics of 'terror.'
*This course is taught jointly with undergraduate students and consequently postgraduate places are limited
This course 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, 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.
Week 1 Introduction: Fear and Loathing in Romantic Literature: theory, examples, introduction to main themes
Week 2 The Sublime Spectacle: Burke, Reflections on the Revolution in France (1790, excerpts) and Philosophical Inquiry into the Origin of our Ideas of the Sublime and the Beautiful (1759)
Week 3 Apocalypse Now: Blake, The visions of the Daughters of Albion (1793) and The book of Urizen (1794)
Week 4 Perils of Consciousness: Wordsworth, The Prelude (1805, excerpts)
Week 5 Fears in Solitude: Coleridge, 'Frost at Midnight'; 'France: An Ode'; 'Fears in Solitude' (1798) Lamb, 'Witches, and Other Night Fears' (1821)
Week 6 Gothic Terror: Radcliffe, The Mysteries of Udolpho (1794)
Week 7 Gothic Horror: Lewis, The Monk (1795)
Week 8 ESSAY COMPLETION WEEK
Week 9 The Revolting Body: Mary Shelley, Frankenstein (1818)
Week 10 The Material Sublime: Percy Shelley, 'Ode to The West Wind'; 'Ozymandais'; 'England in 1819'; 'The Triumph of Life' (1822)
Week 11 Conclusion. The Postmodern Sublime and Beyond: Lyotard, Baudrillard, Zizek (extracts provided).
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
|Additional Costs|| Essential course texts.
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2022/23, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||One 4,000 word essay to be submitted as specified in the programme handbook or by the supervisor
||The formative assessment exercise requires students to submit an essay plan and indicative bibliography (approx. 1000 words) four weeks before the submission of their summative assessment exercise. Formative feedback is given to students at least one week in advance of their summative assessment exercise for the course.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- An understanding of the cultural significance of literature 1790-1830;
- An understanding of the historical origins and constructions of the notions of terror and the sublime.
- An understanding of the historical and theoretical relationships between images and texts
- An enhanced ability to think critically and historically about key cultural and political ideas
- An improved ability to develop and sustain intellectual arguments in essay form.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Jointly taught with undergraduate students ENLI10315
|Additional Class Delivery Information
||1 hour(s) per week for 10 week(s).
|Course organiser||Dr Tim Milnes
Tel: (0131 6)50 3615
|Course secretary||Miss Kara McCormack
Tel: (0131 6)50 3030