LIT208 : Romantic Literature

Convenor(s): Dr Angela Wright and Dr hamish Mathison (from Feb 2009)


Please note: This module may or may not run in any given semester. Please check with the tutor.

General Information

The Romantic period is surely one of the most vibrant, exciting and important moments in literary history: from Wordsorth to Byron, Charlotte Smith to Jane Austen - there never was a more intense and concentrated period of literary creativity, change and revolution. Keats, Blake, Shelley, Godwin, Wollstonecraft: the influence of these writers rings through to the present day. The romantic ode, the Gothic novel, the historical romance: the genres instituted and polished in this period changed the face of writing in English, and we study them here.


Lectures form the backbone of this course: they serve to increase your knowledge of the period’s context and offer ways of knitting specific texts into their cultural backgrounds. They all fit together: the opening lecture offers an overview of the course, and points out particular research and learning resources that will be of use to you. You will find that our lectures refer back to the Restoration module, and that they will be useful on next session’s Victorian module too. Seminars will take place in the department once a week and will last for 50 minutes. They are your opportunity to share your ideas and discuss them with other students and your tutor. We also have a useful MOLE site. As well as lecture schedules and tutorial information, this will also contain lots of interesting and relevant material for the module. This is an important resource for reading lists, background information, lecture handouts, etc.


On the Romantic Period module you are assessed by a mid-semester essay of 2000 words (worth 50% of the total mark). Assessment two will take the form of two-part exam in the examination period at the end of the semester ( also worth 50% of the total mark). Dates for the distribution of essay titles and the submission of essays will be available at the beginning of the semester. Across these two assessments you will be required to discuss a minimum of four authors on the module.

Contact Details

Dr Angela Wright

Information last changed: Thursday 07th of April 2016 :: 01:16:33 PM (BST)


The University of Sheffield, Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TN, UK