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Unit information: Literature 3: 1700 to 1830 in 2015/16

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Unit name Literature 3: 1700 to 1830
Unit code ENGL39022
Credit points 20
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Dr. Rosalind Powell
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of English
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Description including Unit Aims

This unit focuses on the literature of the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Poets to be studied might include Swift, Pope, Johnson, Gray, Blake, Crabbe, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron, Shelley, or Keats; novelists and prose writers might include Defoe, Swift, Fielding, Richardson, Johnson, Burney, Godwin, Wollstonecraft, Austen, or Mary Shelley; and dramatists might include Sheridan.


The aim of this unit is to give students a grounding in literature of the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, to introduce them to major authors, influential texts and literary movements, and in particular to develop students ways of understanding and describing the distinctive qualities of important writers of the period.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Learning outcomes will include: a greatly enhanced knowledge of the literature of the period; the ability to develop and express, in lucid and accurate prose, cogent arguments in essays; the ability to select and analyse pertinent passages from literary texts that support such arguments; the ability to make intelligent use of secondary criticism and theoretical perspectives (where appropriate); mastery of the technical vocabulary and analytical tools of literary criticism.

Teaching Information

3 x 1-hour lectures and 1 x 1-hour tutorial per week, plus one-to-one discussion in Consultation Hours where desired.

Assessment Information

2 x 2,000 word summative essays (50% each)

Reading and References

Detailed reading lists will be provided by individual tutors prior to the start of teaching.