|Module Title||GEOGRAPHY AND BRITISH LITERATURE 1500 - 1800|
|Co-ordinator||Dr Robert Mayhew|
|Course delivery||Lecture||18 hours of lectures and discussions in a 10 x 2 hour timetable slot.|
|Assessment||Exam||2 Hours answer 2 questions||50%|
|Essay||Research essay of 2,500 words on a prescribed topic.||50%|
|Resit assessment||same format|
The period from 1500 to 1800 saw seminal changes in the geography of Britain. Britain itself was forged out of the multiple kingdoms of England, Scotland and Wales. Within that nation, massive changes were effected in towns and countryside by industrialisation, population growth and other social and economic forces. Beyond the nation, an empire was built by the British in North America, India and later in Africa, all this occurring in the face of opposition from both indigenous peoples and rival imperialist powers. This course looks at the ways in which these massive shifts in the geography of Britain were reflected in English literature, broadly conceived to include not only novels and poetry, but also essays, travel accounts and other tracts. In this course, we will see how Britian was conceptualised at the time of its construction and how the British saw their European neighbours and the wider world, all this through the eyes of some of the greatest writers the English language has produced: Shakespeare, Milton and Johnson, for example.
Aims of the module
This module aims to introduce students to the history of geography and geography's interweaving with literature, seeing both as forms of human enquiry.
Module objectives / Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students will: (1) have acquired factual knowledge concerning the definition and practice of geography in Europe, c 1500-1800; (2) show knowledge and understanding of the ways in which geographical concerns in Britain and its empire were expressed in 'literary' genres; (3) have developed powers of textual analysis and critical explanation of texts by following this course; and (4) have become aware of historiographical and historical debates in geography in particular and the humanities more widely.