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FR932 Introduction to Pan Romanticisms

FR932 Introduction to Pan Romanticisms

Dr Katherine Astbury (convenor) (H4.35), Dr. Fabio Camilletti (H. 418), Dr James Hodkinson, Dr Michael Meeuwis (H5.29)

Time/Day: Tues 2-4, in tutors' offices (apart from weeks 2 and 3)

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this module you should be able to

  • Discuss elements of British and European Romanticism knowledgeably
  • Identify key aspects of national literary identities
  • Display a broad understanding of the place of Romantic writing in a European context


Module Description:

This module aims to introduce students to types and styles of writing of the Romantic period both in Britain and abroad; to introduce students to key texts of the period from a transnational perspective; to provide students with a grounding in key tropes, images and contexts of the Romantic period; and to encourage students to see ‘Romanticism’ as a global (ie European) phenomenon. We will read examples of Romantic-period writing from four major locales: England, Germany, France, and Italy. All non-English texts will be available in translation, although students are encouraged to make use of any language skills they may have and read, whenever possible, in the original.


Teaching Methods

1. one 2-hour seminar per week

2. one 5000-word essay, topic decided in consultation with tutor(s) (MA PR students) - MA in English Students submit either one 6000-word essay or one 8000-word essay depending on the programme route.


Module Requirements

1. Attend seminars, having prepared material in advance

2. Make regular contributions to discussion

3. Deliver at least one in-class presentation of approximately 20 minutes

4. Submit one essay of 5000 words



Week 1-3:

Week 1: Dr Kate Astbury


Extracts from Rousseau's Rêveries (first and fifth walks) and Wordsworth, The Two-part Prelude of 1799.

Chateaubriand, René (online version in English here) and extracts from Byron, Childe Harold (Cantos 1 & 4)

Week 2: Dr Michael Meeuwis H5.29

British Romanticism 1785-1800

  • S.T. Coleridge, “A Moral and Political Lecture”
  • Anna Barbauld, “A Summer Evening's Meditation”; “To a Little Invisible Being Who is Expected Soon to Become Visible'
  • William Wordsworth, “Simon Lee,” “We are Seven,” “Tintern Abbey”
  • William Blake, “The Marriage of Heaven and Hell”
  • William Wordsworth, “Tintern Abbey”

Week 3: Dr Michael Meeuwis

British Romanticism 1800-1830

  • William Hazlitt, Essay on Coriolanus
  • Percy Shelley, “England in 1819”
  • John Clare, “The Badger,” “The Nightingale,” “The Mores,” “Emmonsails Heath in Winter”
  • John Keats, “The Eve of St. Agnes”

Weeks 4-10: European Romanticisms (all texts provided in translation)

Week 4: James Hodkinson (H2.16)

Germany I

Introduction to German Romanticism: Theory, Practice and Aestheticism (extracts to be provided)

Week 5: James Hodkinson

Germany II

Novalis, Heinrich von Ofterdingen

Week 7: Maria Cohut

The Gothic

"The Castle of Otranto" by Horace Walpole
"Manfred" by Lord Byron: Act I; Act II scene 1, and scene 3 line 81 onwards; Act III scene 4 (scanned document to download on the right)
" The Skeleton Priest, or, The Marriage of Death" by Charlotte Dacre (see right)
"Haunted Ground" by Felicia Hemans (see right).

Week 8:Dr Katherine Astbury (H4.35)

France : Nerval, Sylvie (a translation is available at ) ; extracts from de Stael, Stendhal, Hugo available as a pdf here

Week 9: Fabio Camilletti (H4.18)

Italy I: Ugo Foscolo, ‘On Tombs’ and selected letters from Last Letters of Jacopo Ortis/On Tombs, transl. by J.G. Nichols (London: Hesperus, 2002)
Giacomo Leopardi, ‘Discourse of an Italian on Romantic Poetry’, transl. by Gabrielle Sims, in Fabio Camilletti, Classicism and Romanticism in Italian Literature (London: Pickering & Chatto, 2013)

Week 10: Fabio Camilletti (H4.18)

Comparative Romanticisms


Selected Secondary Texts

The Cambridge Companion to British Romanticism (CUP, 1993)

A Companion to European Romanticism, ed. Michael Ferber (Blackwell, 2005)

British Romanticism and Continental Influences, Peter Mortensen (Palgrave, 2004)

The Reading Nation in the Romantic Period, William St. Clair (CUP, 2004)

The Birth of European Romanticism, John Claiborne Isbell (CUP, 1994)

Romanticism, Aesthetics, and Nationalism, David Aram Kaiser (CUP, 2005)

Romanticism in National Context, ed. Roy Porter (CUP, 1988)

Imperfect Histories: The elusive past and the legacy of Romantic historicism. Ann Rigney (Cornell UP, 2001)

Le romantisme libéral en France, 1815-1830: la représentation souveraine, Corinne Pelta (L’Harmattan, 2001)

The young romantics: writers and liaisons, Paris 1827-37, Linda Kelly (Starhaven, 2003)

German Aesthetic and literary criticism. The Romantic Ironists and Goethe, ed. Kathleen Wheeler (CUP, 1984)

German Romantic Literary Theory, Ernst Behler (CUP, 1993)

The Languages of Italy, G. Devoto, (University of Chicago Press, 1978)

The Reasonable Romantic: Essays on Alessandro Manzoni, S. Matteo and L. H. Peer (eds), (Peter Lang, 1986)

Modern Italian Literature, Ann Hallamore Caesar and Michael Caesar (Polity Press, 2007)

Making British Indian Fictions, Ashok Malhotra (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012)

John Claiborne Isbell, The Birth of European Romanticism: Truth and Propaganda in Staël's "De l'Allemagne", 1810-1813 (Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1994)

Joseph Luzzi, Romantic Europe and the Ghost of Italy (New Haven: Yale UP, 2008)

Fabio Camilletti, Classicism and Romanticism in Italian Literature (London: Pickering & Chatto, 2013)