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Unit information: Literature in its Time 2: From Milton to Johnson in 2019/20

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Unit name Literature in its Time 2: From Milton to Johnson
Unit code ENGL21011
Credit points 20
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Dr. Gareth Griffith
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of English
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Description including Unit Aims

This unit will introduce students to the wealth of literature in English in the period running approximately from 1660 to 1750. There will be opportunities to consider the rise of the novel and developments in poetry; students will also be encouraged to study parallel developments in society and in enlightenment thought, and changing methods of literary production and consumption.


This unit aims to introduce students to a range of literature in the period running from the works of John Milton to Samuel Johnson. Students will be introduced to a range of literary developments in this period, including the rise of the novel, and to relevant contexts that impact on particular texts and on literary production and reception more widely. The unit aims to facilitate students' ongoing appreciation of the chronology and historical development of literature in English.

Intended Learning Outcomes

A successful student will be able to

1) analyse a range of texts from the period and to place them in wider historical, sociological, and other contexts

2) demonstrate understanding of the historical development of literature at this time

3) place this period in the wider context of literature in English

4) communicate their ideas about these issues effectively

5) present a persuasive written argument

Teaching Information

1 x 3-hour seminar per week for 10 weeks

Assessment Information

1 x 2000 word essay (50%) [ILOs 1-5]

1 x take-home exam (50%) [ILOs 1-5]

Reading and References

  • Milton, Paradise Lost
  • Henry Fielding, Tom Jones
  • Samuel Richardson, Clarissa
  • Samuel Johnson, Rasselas