School of English and Drama

Guillotines, Ghosts and Laughing Gas: Literature in the 1790s

Module code: ESH6041

Credits: 15.0
Semester: SEM1

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  • Semester 1: Weeks 5: Wednesday 3 pm - 5 pm
  • Semester 1: Thursday 10 am - 12 pm

Contact: Prof David Duff
Overlap: None
Prerequisite: None

The 1790s was a turbulent decade in which literature, politics and science interacted in unprecedented ways. Innovations in poetry coincided with a cult of Gothic horror, dramatic discoveries in science and an explosive pamphlet war unleashed by the French Revolution. This module explores the distinctive culture of the revolutionary decade, studying poems, novels and plays by Coleridge, Blake, Charlotte Smith, `Monk¿ Lewis, Sheridan and other writers alongside Jacobin and anti-Jacobin polemics, political cartoons and experiments with `laughing gas¿ in the laboratories of the poet-chemist Humphry Davy.

Connected course(s): UDF DATA
Assessment: 90.0% Coursework, 10.0% Practical
Level: 6