Course description

English 301


Romanticism in English Literature

The Romantic movement is usually associated with certain artistic and intellectual currents of the last few decades of eighteenth century and the first half of the nineteenth century, especially in Britain, Germany and France. Romanticism has been influential ever since. It is a complex phenomenon but is often characterised by a receptiveness to emotion, nature, the imagination, the exotic and radicalism of various kinds. This course will explore Romanticism in relation, chiefly, to the poetry of Blake, Coleridge, Wordsworth and Keats. Other writing from the period, such as criticism, philosophy, letters, journal entries and memoirs, will also be considered. A range of critical approaches will be used to engage with this material.


Prescribed Texts


Duncan Wu (ed). 2006. Romanticism: An Anthology. Blackwell Anthologies. Third or Fourth Edition.