Literature & Society, 1750-1900 - EN52029

Quick Facts

  • Postgraduate
  • 40 Credits
  • Semester 2
  • English - School of Humanities
  • Coursework 100%
  • ** This modules will not run in 2014/15**

Module Details

The module explores the interplay between the nationwide perspectives of social philosophy and the more individualistic concerns of literary culture in the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. It offers students a chance to make broad connections across the period, at the same time as providing them with in-depth knowledge of principal theoreticians of culture in these decades and their major works.

Convenor

Dr Daniel Cook

 

Assessment

Coursework makes up 100% of the assessment, as follows:

  • 'Literature review' or annotated bibliography of approx. 2,000 words (30%);
  • Research essay of not more than 5,000 words (70%)

Reading

Emphasis will be placed on the manner in which literary works can be read in conversation with, and in opposition to, social theory, with each seminar structured around close readings of an example of each style of writing.

Introduction
[no reading]

The Natural Man
Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Discourse on Inequality (1755); William Wordsworth, Lyrical Ballads (1798) (extracts)

Sympathy
Adam Smith, Theory of Moral Sentiments (1759) (extracts, to be provided)

Slavery
The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, Or Gustavus Vassa, The African (1789)

Society
William Blake, Songs of Innocence and of Experience (1789-94)

Gender
Mary Wollstonecraft, Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792)(extracts, to be provided); William Godwin, Memoirs of the Author of A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1798) (extracts, to be provided)

Education
Hannah More, Strictures on Female Education (1799) (extracts, to be provided); Jeremy Bentham, Chrestomathia (1816-17) (extracts, to be provided); Jane Austen, Mansfield Park (1814)

Culture
William Hazlitt, Table-Talk: Essays on Men and Manners (1821) and The Plain Speaker (1826) (extracts, to be provided)

Anarchy
Matthew Arnold, Culture and Anarchy (1869) (extracts, to be provided)

Ideology
Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, The Communist Manifesto (1848)

The End
Sigmund Freud, The Future of an Illusion (1927); T. S. Eliot, The Waste Land (1922)

 

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