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FR932 Introduction to European Gothic and Romantic studies

Dr Alessandra Aloisi, Dr Fabio Camilletti (convenor), Dr James Hodkinson, Dr Tina Lupton, Dr David Taylor

Time/Day: Tues 2-4, in tutors' offices (see exceptions below)

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this module you should be able to

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


Module Description:

This module aims to introduce students to types and styles of writing of the Gothic and 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 'Gothic' and ‘Romanticism’ as European phenomena. 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: Introduction [H4.18]

Fabio Camilletti

Week 2: Britain I [please note: session will take place on Wednesday 10-12, room H5.15]

Christina Lupton


Week 3: Britain II: Tragedy [room H5.10]

David Taylor


Week 4: Germany I: Introduction to German Romanticism: Theory, Practice and Aestheticism [room H2.16]

James Hodkinson

No reading required.


Week 5: Germany II

James Hodkinson

Week 6: Reading Week, no seminar


Week 7: France [day and room tbc]

Alessandra Aloisi

  • Reading tbc

Week 8: Italy [please note: session will take place on Thursday, 2-4pm, H4.18]

Fabio Camilletti

Week 9: European Gothic [please note: session will take place on Thursday, 2-4pm, H4.18]

Fabio Camilletti

  • Reading tbc

Week 10: Comparative Romanticisms [please note: session will take place on Thursday, 2-4pm, H4.18]

Fabio Camilletti


Selected Secondary Texts

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

European Romanticism: A Reader, ed. Stephen Prickett (Bloomsbury 2010/2014)

The Oxford Handbook of European Romanticism, ed. Paul Hamilton (OUP, 2016)

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

The Cambridge Companion to British Romanticism (CUP, 1993)

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)