Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Radical and Romantic Wales, 1780-1847
Academic Year
Semester 2
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Seminars / Tutorials 10 x 3 hour sessions
Seminars / Tutorials Individual 10-minute 'feedback tutorial' per written assignment submitted


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Essay 1 - 1 x 2,500 word essay  25%
Semester Assessment Essay 2 - 1 x 2,500 word essay  25%
Semester Assessment 1 x 1,500 word document analysis  10%
Semester Exam 2 Hours   (1 x 2 hour exam)  40%
Supplementary Assessment Essay 1 - 1 x 2,500 word supplementary (resit) essay  25%
Supplementary Assessment Essay 2 -1 x 2,500 word supplementary (resit) essay  25%
Supplementary Assessment 1 x 1,500 word supplementary (resit) document analysis  10%
Supplementary Exam 2 Hours   1 x 2 hour supplementary (resit) examination  40%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

Display an understanding of the concept of Romanticism and be able to reflect critically on the concept of Welsh national identity at the end of the eighteenth and the beginning of the nineteenth centuries.

Comprehend and assess the different historical debates and analyses evident in related texts, ranging from the eighteenth century to more recent scholarly works.

Read, analyse and assess a range of different types of historical evidence, including literary evidence.

Express understanding and discuss related issues through writing in an academic context.

Work independently and as part of a group and take an active part in group discussions.

Brief description

This module will examine what Prys Morgan has called the eighteenth-century Welsh Renaissance. At its heart will be a sustained and in-depth interaction with the writings and ideas of Iolo Morgawng. The module will begin with an examination of the concept of Romanticism, and will look at precursors of the romantics in Wales, particularly the Morris brothers, Evan Evans and Goronwy Owen. The bulk of the module will then be taken up with looking at Iolo Morganwg himself from a series of perspectives, before going on to analyse his impact on Welsh identity and the revival of Welsh traditions in the early part of the nineteenth century. The remainder of the module will examine why Iolo's vision of Wales failed.


This module is taught in ten-three hour seminars. The seminar titles are as follows:

1. Introduction
2. Romanticism: definitions and context
3. Pre-Romanticism: the Morris brothers and the London-Welsh societies
4. Iolo Morganwg
5. Iolo Morganwg and the politics of forgery
6. Druids, bards and the Gorsedd
7. Development of Welsh radical tradition
8. The invention of Welshness
9. The growth of Nonconformity
10. The Impact of the Blue Books controversy


Special Subjects provide third-year students with an opportunity to study a particular period in great depth and partly on the basis of primary sources. They are intensively taught, and particularly high standards of precision, creativity and knowledge are expected from students. Together with the dissertation and the general historical problems module, they provide final-year students with an opportunity to demonstrate the maturation of their historical and other skills and of their intellectual sensitivity. The range of special subjects reflects the range of teaching and research interests on the part of departmental staff. As in other core courses, a wide choice of periods and approaches is made available.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number N/A
Communication Read a wide range of both primary and secondary texts; improve listening skills during the lectures, and consequently develop skills in note taking; demonstrate and develop the ability to communicate ideas in two essays; skills in oral presentation will be developed in seminars.
Improving own Learning and Performance Show awareness of own learning styles, personal preferences and needs; devise and apply realistic learning and self management strategies; devise a personal action plan to include short and long-term goals and to develop personal awareness of how to improve on these.
Information Technology Students will be encouraged to locate suitable material on the web and to access information on CD-Roms and to apply it appropriately to their own work. Students will also be encouraged to word-process their work. These skills will not be formally assessed.
Personal Development and Career planning Develop awareness of personal skills, beliefs and qualities in relation to course in progression; plan and prepare for future course / career.
Problem solving Identify problems and factors which might influence potential solutions; develop creative thinking approaches to problem solving; evaluate advantages and disadvantages of potential solutions.
Research skills Understand a range of research methods and plan and carry out research; produce academically appropriate pieces of written work.
Subject Specific Skills Develop a knowledge of, and familiarity with, a range of different sources from eighteenth and early nineteenth century Wales, including unpublished and published documents; develop the ability to use appropriate historical research tools effectively.
Team work Understand the concept of group dynamics; contribute to the setting of group goals; contribute effectively to the planning of group activities; play an active part in group activities (e.g. short group presentations in seminars); evaluate group activities and own contribution.


This module is at CQFW Level 6