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Module

SEL3340 : Romantic Poetry: Journeys of the Imagination

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Meiko O'Halloran
  • Owning School: English Lit, Language & Linguistics
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

In poetry of the Romantic period, other worlds often serve as symbolic sites of self-interrogation and conflict. This module explores some of the ways in which Romantic poets use journeys of the imagination – and imagined places – to address their individual and societal preoccupations. How does their representation of imagined journeys and places question, for example, private or public concerns about the relationship between the poet and society, the role of the imagination, the political dynamics of early nineteenth-century Britain, and changing ideas about religious faith? How do the poets position their work in relation to received literary traditions?

Primary texts may include Coleridge’s 'The Rime of the Ancient Mariner' (1798 and 1817), Keats’s 'Hyperion' (1818) and 'The Fall of Hyperion' (1819), and Byron’s poetic drama, 'Cain, A Mystery' (1821). Throughout the module, we will consider Romantic poets' imagined journeys and uses of other worlds in response to the work of 'high' literary ancestors such as Dante and Milton as well as popular eighteenth-century ballads of supernatural abduction or visitation.

Outline Of Syllabus

Primary texts may include the work of Coleridge, Keats, and Byron. Throughout the module, we will consider the poets’ intertextual relationships with predecessors such as Dante and Milton and/or popular eighteenth-century ballads.

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials72:0014:00Online lecture material with activities based around these materials.
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion140:0040:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading180:0080:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching72:0014:00Synchronous and online seminars.
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity71:007:00Synchronous and online study groups.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery41:004:00Synchronous or online consultation hours.
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study138:0038:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk21:303:00Online introduction to the module and Essay preparation session (60-min talk with 30-min Q&A)
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The lectures introduce students to the knowledge outcomes. The seminars allow for the development of knowledge outcomes through close reading of specified texts and the practice of skills, especially oral/written presentation and interpersonal communication. Throughout the module, students will be assessed for constructive seminar and study group participation; this will encourage students to engage consistently with all aspects of the module. Students are required to prepare an essay/presentation proposal in order to receive individual feedback on their plan before preparing for the final assessment.

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Portfolio1A75Students choose between an essay of 3000 words or a 25-min presentation.
Prof skill assessmnt1A15Participation in seminar and study group discussions.
Report1M10Proposal for the portfolio (300 words).
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Essay1MA short mid-semester practice essay
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Formative work: Students will be invited to submit a short mid-semester practice essay. This formative work will be returned with feedback before the final assessment.

The first module assessment asks students to outline their proposed final portfolio. This will enable them to receive feedback for the final assessment.

For the final portfolio assessment, students can choose between:

1. A 3,000-word essay based on a self-set question
2. A 25-minute presentation with visual aides based on a self-set question. Students will be asked to record their presentation.

The portfolio assesses students' skills in close critical analysis of primary texts, research, presentation of an argument, and engagement with critical sources. Essays and presentations must demonstrate detailed knowledge of the work of at least two of the authors studied on the module.

The assessment of seminar and study group participation encourages students to engage with all aspects of the module and practise their skills in presenting ideas orally and/or in writing and responding constructively to their peers.

Reading Lists

Timetable