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Reason, Imagination, Revolution: Literature and Culture from Pope to Austen - ENGL370

This unit introduces students to writings that track the trajectories of formal, philosophical and culture change in British literary culture between 1710 and 1825. It examines how Reason is idealised and critiqued by writers associated with the Enlightenment, such as Pope, Swift, Haywood and Johnson, and how it is situated in relation to Imagination and developed into the Romanticism of Blake, Wordsworth and Coleridge. The unit also explores how those conceptual exchanges feed into the revolutionary fervour of the 1790s and provokes the responses of Austen, Shelley, Byron and Keats, who along with their Romantic forebears, set the cultural bases for British literature into the nineteenth century.

Credit Points: 3
When Offered:

S1 Day - Session 1, North Ryde, Day

Staff Contact(s): Dr Ryan Twomey, Dr Geoffrey Payne

6cp in ENGL units at 200 level Prerequisite Information


NCCW(s): ENGL261, ENGL394, ENGX370
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Assessed As: Graded
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Department of English

Faculty of Arts

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