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ENGL335 Romantic Literature

A study of British verse and prose of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, ranging from Wordsworth and Blake to Jane Austen and John Clare.

The study of British literature of the Romantic era (1780-1837) has undergone profound change in the last few decades. This paper will examine the work of familiar Romantic-era writers like William Wordsworth and John Keats, but it will also include important works by lesser-known figures like Anna Barbauld and John Clare. For most of the semester, we will focus on individual authors and familiarise ourselves with specific forms and ideas common to the Romantic era. Along the way we will consider major issues of the day: revolution, colonialism, the slave trade and industrialisation. In the final weeks our readings will shift from author-based to theme-based, as we examine how a variety of writers responded to historical, aesthetic and environmental changes in their world.

Paper title Romantic Literature
Paper code ENGL335
Subject English
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2017
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $851.85
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,585.00

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Prerequisite
18 200-level ENGL points
Restriction
ENGL 211
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Notes
Students who have not passed the normal prerequisite may be admitted with approval from the Head of Department.
Contact
thomas.mclean@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Lecturer: Dr Thomas McLean
Paper Structure
All material presented here is subject to change.

Weekly Overview
  • Week 1: Introduction; poetry of Charlotte Smith and Robert Burns
  • Week 2: poetry of William Blake
  • Week 3: Matthew Lewis, The Monk
  • Week 4: poetry of William Wordsworth and ST Coleridge
  • Week 5: poetry of Robert Southey and ST Coleridge
  • Week 6: Library research sessions
  • Week 7: poems of Anna Barbauld and Percy Shelley
  • Week 8: poetry of John Keats
  • Week 9: Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility
  • Week 10: Representing Ancient Worlds
  • Week 11: War and Exile
  • Week 12: Sublime and Beautiful
  • Week 13: poetry of John Clare; review
Assessment

Internal Assessment: 60%
  • Final Annotated Bibliography (25%) and Research Essay (25%)

    A major research project in which students conduct focused research on a topic in British Romantic-era literature, create an annotated bibliography based on that research and then write an essay further exploring the topic.

  • Recitation (10%)

    Each student must memorise three Romantic-era sonnets. All works must come from course handouts or the course reader. Students must choose three different poets (i.e. you cannot memorise three sonnets by Keats).
Final Examination: 40%

All students must take the two-hour exam during the exam period.
Textbooks
English Romantic Poetry (Dover).
Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility (Penguin).
Matthew Lewis, The Monk (Penguin).
Course Reader (Available from Print Shop).
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Scholarship, Critical thinking, Research.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
  • A familiarity with significant writers, literary themes and literary genres of the British Romantic era
  • An understanding of the historical and social contexts that helped shape Romantic literature
  • Mastery of research skills required for advanced inquiry into British Romantic-era literature

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Timetable

Not offered in 2017

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

A study of British verse and prose of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, ranging from Wordsworth and Blake to Jane Austen and John Clare.

The study of British literature of the Romantic era (1780-1837) has undergone profound change in the last few decades. This paper will examine the work of familiar Romantic-era writers like William Wordsworth and John Keats, but it will also include important works by lesser-known figures like Anna Barbauld and John Clare.
For most of the semester, we will focus on individual authors and familiarise ourselves with specific forms and ideas common to the Romantic era. Along the way we will consider major issues of the day: revolution, colonialism, the slave trade and industrialisation. In the final weeks our readings will shift from author-based to theme-based, as we examine how a variety of writers responded to historical, aesthetic and environmental changes in their world.

Paper title Romantic Literature
Paper code ENGL335
Subject English
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $868.95
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,656.70

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Prerequisite
18 200-level ENGL points
Restriction
ENGL 211
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Notes
Students who have not passed the normal prerequisite may be admitted with approval from the Head of Department.
Contact
thomas.mclean@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Lecturer: Dr Thomas McLean
Paper Structure
All material presented here is subject to change.Weekly Overview
  • Week 1: Introduction; poetry of Charlotte Smith and Robert Burns
  • Week 2: poetry of William Blake
  • Week 3: Matthew Lewis, The Monk
  • Week 4: poetry of William Wordsworth and ST Coleridge
  • Week 5: poetry of Robert Southey and ST Coleridge
  • Week 6: Library research sessions
  • Week 7: poems of Anna Barbauld and Percy Shelley
  • Week 8: poetry of John Keats
  • Week 9: Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility
  • Week 10: Representing Ancient Worlds
  • Week 11: War and Exile
  • Week 12: Sublime and Beautiful
  • Week 13: poetry of John Clare; review
AssessmentInternal Assessment: 60%
  • Final Annotated Bibliography (25%) and Research Essay (25%)
    A major research project in which students conduct focused research on a topic in British Romantic-era literature, create an annotated bibliography based on that research and then write an essay further exploring the topic.
  • Recitation (10%)
    Each student must memorise three Romantic-era sonnets. All works must come from course handouts or the course reader. Students must choose three different poets (i.e. you cannot memorise three sonnets by Keats).
Final Examination: 40%
All students must take the two-hour exam during the exam period.
Textbooks
English Romantic Poetry (Dover).

Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility (Penguin).

Matthew Lewis, The Monk (Penguin).

Course Reader (Available from Print Shop).
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Scholarship, Critical thinking, Research.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
  • A familiarity with significant writers, literary themes and literary genres of the British Romantic era
  • An understanding of the historical and social contexts that helped shape Romantic literature
  • Mastery of research skills required for advanced inquiry into British Romantic-era literature

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Timetable

First Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Tuesday 12:00-12:50 9-13, 15-22
Thursday 12:00-12:50 9-13, 15-22

Tutorial

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Wednesday 12:00-12:50 10-11, 13, 15-16, 18-20
A2 Wednesday 15:00-15:50 10-11, 13, 15-16, 18-20