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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

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Assessment Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Reading Lists

Timetable