Subject details

At the completion of this subject, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of key texts drawn from eighteenth-century Britain and the British Romantic movement as well as of the contexts in which they were produced.
  2. Select and apply appropriate theoretical and critical models in the practice of analysing literary texts and contexts.
  3. Deploy analytical and research skills that can be applied to both past and present cultural and literary debates.
  4. Communicate historical and theoretical concepts in both oral and written form.
  5. Design and execute coherent critical and analytical arguments.
  6. Engage in creative critical discussion of the unit content with peers and tutors, and to respond to others’ points of view.
    • Introduction
    • The Legacy of the Restoration
    • The Emergence of the Novel
    • Satire and Scepticism
    • Life Writing
    • The Age of Johnson
    • Emergence of the Gothic
    • Women Writing
    • The 1970s
    • Romancticism
    • The Regional Novel
    • Later Romancticism
    • Towards the Modern Novel
  • Study resources

    • Instructional methods

      • Discussion forum/Discussion Board
      • Podcasting/Lecture capture
      • Online assignment submission
    • Online materials

      • Audio-Video streaming

You must have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject:

MAQ-ENGX120-Approaches to English Literature , or MAQ-ENGX110


and two subjects from ENGX or ENGL at 200 level or above

Special requirements

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    Students who have an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion under Macquarie University's Academic Progression Policy are not permitted to enrol in OUA units offered by Macquarie University. Students with an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion who have enrolled in units through OUA will be withdrawn.

This subject 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 subject 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.

  • Online participation (10%)
  • Textual preparation (weekly quizzes) (10%)
  • 1500-2000 words (30%)
  • 3000 words (50%)

Textbook information is pending.

Related degrees

undergraduate MAQ-ART-DEG-2019

Bachelor of Arts

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  • Major in English
  • Major in Modern History
  • Major in Philosophy
  • Major in Politics
  • Major in Society and Culture
  • Major in Sociology
  • Major in Creative Writing