Module Identifier EN35720  
Academic Year 2000/2001  
Co-ordinator Mr Damian Walford Davies  
Semester Semester 1  
Course delivery Seminar   20 Hours 10 x 2 hr seminar workshops  
Assessment Continuous assessment   2 essays (2,500 words each)   100%  
  Resit assessment   Resubmit any failed elements and/or make good any missing elements.    

Brief description
This module takes as its general theme the symbiosis of literature and radical culture in the age of the French Revolution. Specifically, it seeks to locate the major literary figures of the 1790s firmly in the social, intellectual and political context of the age. It will also examine the political discourse of the 1790s, reveal the interface between literature and politics in the work of such major figures as Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge and Southey, and highlight the experience and achievement of such important political figures of the 1790s as William Godwin, George Dyer, Thomas Holcroft, and John Thelwall. An important emphasis will be the formative personal, as well as intellectual and ideological, links between the 1790s creative artists and its radical thinkers.

Module objectives / Learning outcomes
This module aims to:
introduce students to the major literary figures of the 1790s and to locate these figures in their social, intellectual and political contexts;
familiarise students with the political discourse of the 1790s;
encourage students to explore the interface between literature and politics in the writings of major literary figures of the 1790s;
acquaint students with the personal as well as intellectual and ideological links between the writers of the 1790s

On completion of the module students should be able to:
demonstrate that they have acquired a knowledge and understanding of the primary texts on the module and a critical awareness of the braoder issues raised by the module;
discuss the texts and their various contexts coherently;
write about them in a well-structured and well-argued way.

Reading Lists
** Recommended Background
Marilyn Butler. (1984) Burke, Paine, Godwin, and the Revolution Controversy. Cambridge
James Chandler. (1984) Wordsworth's Second Nature: A Study of the Poetry and Politics. Chicago and London
D.V. Edrman. Blake, Prophet Against Empire. New York
Albert Goodwin. (1979) The Friends of Liberty: The English Democratic Reform Movement in the Age of the French Revolution. London
Keith Hanley and Raman Selden (eds.). (1990) Revolution and English Romanticism: Politics and Rhetoric. Hemel Hempstead
Marjorie Levinson. (1986) Wordsworth's Great Period Poems. Cambridge
Alan Liu. (1989) The Sense of History. Stanford
Carl Woodring. (1970) Politics in English Romantic Poetry. Cambridge Massachussets
Jerome J McGann. (1983) The Romantic Idology: A Critical Investigation. London
Nicholas Roe. (1988) Wordsworth and Coleridge: The Radical Years. Oxford
Nicholas Roe. (1990) Coleridge and John Thelwall: The Road to Nether Stowey in 'The Coleridge Connections' ed. R.Gravil & M.Lefebure. Basingstoke
Olivia Smith. (1984) The Politics of Language, 1791-1819. Oxford and New York
E. P. Thompson. (1968) The Making of the English Working Class. Harmondsworth

E. P. Thompson. (1994) Hunting the Jacobin Fox in 'Past and Present'. Vol 142.