School of English and Drama

The Revolution Controversy: Politics and Genre

Module code: ESH324

Credits: 15.0
Semester: SEM2

  • Semester 2: Tuesday 1 pm - 3 pm

Contact: Prof Chris Reid
Overlap: None
Prerequisite: None

This module examines selected British contributions to the war of ideas which followed the outbreak of the French Revolution in 1789. The Revolution debate involved a return to first principles, a reconsideration of the nature of society and the scope and meaning of rights, and a new emphasis on such issues as parliamentary representation, the role and rights of women, and the powers of the state. The presentation of these issues in novels, plays, political writing, and travel books of the 1790s will be considered in detail, with a particular emphasis on the ways in which literary practices and genres were transformed and politicised. Writers to be studied may include Edmund Burke, Thomas Paine, Helen Maria Williams, Richard Brinsley Sheridan, William Godwin, Mary Wollstonecraft, and Mary Hays.

Connected course(s): UDF DATA
Assessment: 100.0% Coursework
Level: 6