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SEMESTER II, 2004-2005

The remaining corrected papers may be collected from me on TU April 26 and TR April 28.  I'll be in my office on those days for pre-exam consultation.

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Tutor: Ms. Kellyann Cain; E-mail:


Two compulsory 1-hour lectures per week:

  • Lecture 1: Wednesday 1-2 PM (LR5)
  • Lecture 2: Wednesday 2-3 PM (LR5)

One compulsory 1-hour tutorial per week, chosen from among:

  • Tutorial 1: Tuesday 4-5 PM (A19)
  • Tutorial 2: Wednesday 10-11 AM (ASR2)
  • Tutorial 3: Wednesday 4-5 PM (A19)

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This semester, the course is divided into two modules.  In the first module, entitled 'High Romanticism,' we begin by exploring the views of some key nineteenth century philosophers (the so-called 'German Idealists') who provided the philosophical foundation of Romanticism.  In Week 1, to this end, we examine some key essays by Herder, Hegel and Humboldt, followed in Week 2 by an examination of some of the founding documents of Romantic aesthetics / critical theory by 'Longinus,' Edward Young and Hegel once more.  We then  devote two weeks to the critical theory and poetry of Coleridge and two weeks to Wordsworth.  The term paper is based on this module.

In the second module, 'Post-Romanticism,' we begin by examining the philosophical aNd aesthetic views of some key nineteenth century materialists and existentialists such as Darwin, Nietzsche and Taine.  Their much more pessimistic view of life, by contrast to the Idealists, came to exercise quite an influence on the nihilism of later Romantic poets and their successors.  We will devote the next two weeks to a consideration of Shelley's theory and poetry, and spend a week each on the poetry of Keats, Hardy and Hopkins.  The final exam is based on the second module only.


  • Tutorial participation and / or presentation(s): 10%
  • One term paper: 30%
  • Final examination: 60% (2 questions in 2 hours)

You should note that whatever may be the final mark, departmental regulations decree that students must pass at least one question in the final exam in order to pass any course in Literatures in English.  Students who fail the course in this way receive a FE ('Failed Exam') on their grade slip.

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