ROMANTIC LITERATURE: 1789-1830 - 2018/9

Module code: ELI2031

Module Overview

This module will investigate the profound literary innovations that took place in the Romantic period (1789-1830), examining a range of canonical and non-canonical Romantic texts. Each week, the module explores a given form or theme through a selection of representative poets or authors. The literary revolution that we have come to associate with Romanticism will be situated within political revolutionary fervour and backlash in England and France, as well as abolitionist activism, ideologies of love and marriage, and ideas of British nationhood. Romantic ideals such as the power of the imagination and the relationship between self and Nature will be understood in terms of, for example, eighteenth-century treatments of landscape and subjectivity (e.g. the ‘picturesque’ and the ‘sublime’), the phenomenon of Orientalism, and the rise of the Gothic. Similarly, the ‘big six’ Romantics will be read alongside a range of not-so-canonical poets and authors, in order to appreciate the diversity of literary activity in the Romantic age.

 

Module provider

School of Literature and Languages

Module Leader

MATHIESON CE Dr (Lit & Langs)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 5

JACs code: Q323

Module cap (Maximum number of students): 22

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

None. This module has a capped number and may not be available to ERASMUS and other international exchange students. Please check with the departmental exchange coordinator.

Module content

Indicative content includes:

 

INTRODUCTION

Week 1: Romanticisms.

In the first week, popular concepts of Romanticism (notions of selfhood, nature, imagination) are assessed against the historical and cultural upheavals of the late eighteenth century. The critical history of Romanticist scholarship, including the invention of the term ‘Romantic’ in the late nineteenth century, is also discussed. Students are introduced to the notion that Romanticism is not a stable concept but is itself the product of a particular critical narrative.

 

PART ONE: POLITICS

Week 2: Revolution

Week 3: Slavery and Abolition

Week 4: Oppression and Protest

 

PART TWO: NATURE

Week 5: The Picturesque

Week 6: The Sublime

 

PART THREE: DESIRE

Week 7: Love and Marriage

Week 8: Gothic

 

PART FOUR: OTHER WORLDS

Week 9: Orientalism

Week 10: Faerie

 

 

CONCLUSION

Week 11: A lecture and seminar presenting a retrospective on the module and providing information on assessment and revision.

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework ESSAY (1500 WORDS) 50
Examination EXAM (2 HOURS) 50

Alternative Assessment

N/A

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate achievement of the module learning outcomes.

Seminar discussion with ongoing tutor feedback is designed mainly to assess transferable skills in communicating ideas orally and in working individually and in a group. It also assesses subject knowledge in Romantic-period writers and historical context and in theoretical/critical methodologies, and cognitive/analytical skills in analysing literary form in close relation to historical/cultural context.

Both the essay and the exam assess subject knowledge in Romantic-period writers and historical context and in theoretical/critical methodologies; cognitive/analytical skills in analysing literary form in close relation to historical/cultural context; transferable skills in communicating ideas in written form, and in planning and implementing timetables for essay deadlines and exam revision.

The essay further assesses professional/practical skills, namely the ability to conduct research for written work in an organized and critical fashion. The exam further assesses professional/practical skills, namely the ability to present ideas coherently under time constraint.

 

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

·         1500-word essay (deadline usually in Week 8)

·         2-hour exam

 

Formative assessment and feedback

·         Seminar discussion with ongoing tutor feedback in seminar

 

The deadline for the essay is normally in Week 8. Students receive both written feedback and verbal feedback in tutorials that informs the final summative assessment, i.e. the exam. 

Module aims

  • The module aims to deepen and expand students' understanding of: the literary and historical movement of Romanticism;
  • literary form and technique in relation to historical context;
  • the critical methodologies that underpin the study of the Romantic period;
  • The module aims to develop and strengthen students' skills in: close reading and analysis of literary texts;
  • critical thinking about formal aspects of poetry and their relationship to context;
  • critical thinking about formal aspects of poetry and their relationship to context;
  • independent work and group work in seminars;
  • time management through essay submission and revision planning.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
1 Analyse literary form closely in relation to historical and cultural context C
2 Understand the primary theoretical and critical methodologies used to analyse these forms and contexts K
3 Identify key writers of English literature in the Romantic period and how they relate to historical context K
4 Communicate ideas both orally in class discussions and in written form in essays T
5 Work both individually and as part of a group T
6 Plan and implement timetables for essay deadlines and exam revision P
7 Conduct research for written work in an organized and critical fashion P
8 Present ideas and analysis coherently while under time constraint P

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 128

Lecture Hours: 11

Seminar Hours: 11

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to deliver subject knowledge, to develop cognitive/analytical skills, and to develop in-depth transferable, practical and professional skills. Specifically, the weekly lectures deliver subject knowledge related to literature of the Romantic period and develop cognitive/analytical skills in analysing literature in cultural and historical context. The weekly seminars offer student-led discussions that develop skills in communication and in working individually and as a group. The seminars also provide students with instruction on planning and implementing timetables, on conducting research in an organised and critical fashion, and on presenting ideas coherently under time constraint.

 

This relates to the programme learning and teaching strategy, which, at FHEQ Level 5, is designed to continue the delivery of subject knowledge through lectures and SurreyLearn and to develop in-depth transferable, practical and professional skills, with a greater emphasis on student-led involvement, critical analysis, discussion and rhetorical ability.

 

 

The learning and teaching methods include:

 



1-hour lecture per week x 11 weeks


1-hour seminar per week x 11 weeks


Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list

Reading list for ROMANTIC LITERATURE: 1789-1830 : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/eli2031

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
English Literature with Film Studies BA (Hons) 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
English Literature with Sociology BA (Hons) 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Liberal Arts and Sciences BA (Hons)/BSc (Hons) 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Theatre and Performance with Creative Writing BA (Hons) 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
English Literature and French BA (Hons) 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
English Literature BA (Hons) 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
English Literature with Creative Writing BA (Hons) 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
English Literature and German BA (Hons) 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
English Literature and Spanish BA (Hons) 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
English Literature with Politics BA (Hons) 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Politics with Creative Writing BSc (Hons) 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2018/9 academic year.