Literature and Society module (EN22002)

On this page


Module code


  • Level 2
  • Semester 1
  • English - School of Humanities
  • Coursework 100%
  • Thursday Evening Tutorial Available


The module surveys 16th to 19th century writing, paying particular attention to the way literature emerges from and responds to key social movements and changes.

You will study a range of drama, poetry and prose which cover dynamic issues raised by religious reformation, the developments of empire, capital, slavery and industry, science and technology, as well as the shifting roles of class, race and gender.

Indicative texts include works by the likes of Christopher Marlowe, John Webster, John Milton, Aphra Behn, Olaudah Equiano, Hannah More, Maria Edgeworth, Robert Burns, Mary Wollstonecraft, Wordsworth, Coleridge, and Mary Shelley. 


The module will be delivered through weekly lectures plus weekly one-hour tutorials over eleven weeks.


  • Seminar Lead (Presentation) (15%)
  • Practical Criticism (35%)
  • Final Essay (50%)


You will need a copy of The Norton Anthology of English Literature, 9th edition, in addition to other texts. For a full list, please:

Access the online resource list for EN22002 Literature & Society


This module is available on following courses: