School of English and Drama

Imagination and Knowledge: English Romantic Literature, 1770-1825 I

Module code: ESH201A

Credits: 15.0
Semester: SEM1

Contact: Dr Shahidha Bari
Overlap: None
Prerequisite: None

The module traces the literary history of romantic literature as a productive debate between the logic of reason and the insight of imagination in a period when both rationality and intuition were themselves being defined and narrated as the `spirit of the age'. This debate was expressed most often as the tension between the claims of social and personal responsibility and desire. Novels, polemics, poems, and memoirs share a set of ambitions (the apotheosis of the self, the righting of social wrongs, the humanising of religion, the creation of an utterly original and authentic poetry) and fears (the immolation of the self through political revolution, and the destruction of the imagination by either scientific control or by unbridled sexual and aggressive instincts). We will discuss texts by Wordsworth, Coleridge, Wollstonecraft, Barbauld, Blake, Robinson, Spence, DeQuincey, Shelley, Keats, Lamb, Hazlitt and Clare.

Connected course(s): UDF DATA
Assessment: 100.0% Coursework
Level: 5