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1. Analyse and interpret how Romantic texts express ideas, and draw conclusions.
2. Formulate responses to primary texts that demonstrate some independence.
3. Formulate reasoned and substantiated arguments at the appropriate level.
4. Identify ideas and literary styles characteristic of Romanticism.
5. Make research-informed observations about the relationship between culture, texts and the world (including the 'natural' world) at the appropriate level.
- • Romanticism.
- • Literature and culture 1750-1850.
- • Aesthetic theories.
- • Criticism and history.
- • Poetic forms.
- • Narrative forms.
- • How to read literature.
Prerequisites: Must have completed 60 credit points at Level one. Past La Trobe University students who have previously completed ENG3BAR (Romanticism) are ineligible to enrol in this subject.
No additional requirements
Romanticism names the cultural, literary, psychological, social and political counter-culture of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries that arose in response to - and in some cases, reaction against - the rationalist values of the Enlightenment. In this subject you will study the literature of the period that produced the French Revolution, the American Declaration of Independence, the first writing about human rights, women's rights, and animal rights, the beginnings of environmentalism and Western ecology, a radical rethinking of the idea of "nature", the ideas that good writing is original writing, that poetry will save the world, and that feeling is more important than thinking. You will look critically at a broad array of Romantic texts and investigate how their authors framed and responded to the issues, pressures and questions of their times.
- Definition of a Romantic keyword (400 words, due in week 3) (10%)
- Phonic analysis of a Romantic poem (400 words, due in week 4) (10%)
- Formal analysis of a Romantic text (400 words, due in week 6) (10%)
- Analysis of literary weirdness (400 words, due in week 8) (10%)
- Analysis of literary self-reference (400 words, due in week 10) (10%)
- Final essay (2000 words, due after week 12) (50%)
Current study term: 30 Jul 23 to 27 Oct 23
Textbook information is pending.