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Semester and Year Offered: (I/ III/ V) II semester
Course Coordinator and Team: TBD
Email of course coordinator: TBD
Aim: The Romantic Age is often known as the ‘Age of Revolutions’ on account of the sweeping changes that were taking place during the late seventeenth and eighteenth century in the social, political, industrial and literary sphere. The course will help students understand this age of flux and upheaval through some of the seminal works of literature written during this time. The course is designed to introduce students to not just British Romanticism but also trace its influences in German and French literary thought. The course will introduce students to the figure of Rousseau and his ideas which greatly influenced Romantic thought. It will also discuss the Sturm und Drang (Storm and Stress) movement in German literature through the works of Goethe and other aspects of German romanticism through the writings of Schlegel. Having thus studied the foundations of Romanticism, the course would proceed to peruse the six most remarkable British Romantic poets- Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Shelley, Byron and Keats. Then one would venture into the study of the relationship between Romanticism and its most remarkable sibling, the Gothic fiction. In all, the course seeks to introduce the students to all the hues and nuances of the Romantic Age in Europe.
Brief description of modules/ Main modules:
Module 1: Introduction to Romanticism
This module will introduce students to the basic tenets of Romanticism and its uneasy relation with Enlightenment.
Module 2: German Literature and Romanticism
This module will look at the short but influential Sturm und Drang movement in German literature through the novel The Sorrows of Young Werther by Goethe.
Module 3: Romanticism and the French Revolution
module will introduce students to the figure of Rousseau and his ideas on education through selections from his novel Emile. It will also provide students with a historical background of the French Revolution and the manner in which it influenced the English literary imagination.
Module 4: The British Romantic Poets
This module will bring into focus the six major Romantic Poets through their poetry and some of their prose works.
Module 5: Romanticism and the Gothic
This module will study the Gothic and its relation to Romanticism through the novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelley.
Tentative Assessment schedule with details of weightage:
Date/period in which Assessment will take place
Mid Semester Exam
End Semester Exam
As per AUD Academic Calendar
Class Participation and discussion
Throughout the semester