Period of Literature: 1750-1880 (Q3135)

30 credits, Level 5

Autumn teaching

This module addresses a selection of authors and themes prominent between 1750 and 1880. It's taught in seminars supported by a weekly lecture series. Course content will vary from year to year depending on the expertise of those available to teach it.

Authors will be selected from (but not necessarily confined to) Johnson, Gray, Sterne, Goldsmith, Blake, Lewis, Austen, Wollstonecraft, Wordsworth, Shelley, Keats, Carlyle, De Quincey, Tennyson, Browning, Arnold, Ruskin, Dickens, Gaskell, Charlotte and Emily Brontë, W.M. Thackeray, Wilkie Collins, George Eliot, and Thomas Hardy.

Themes may include:

  • sentimentalism and sensibility
  • slavery and empire
  • Romantic aesthetics and Romantic poetry
  • theories of the sublime and the imagination
  • the Gothic
  • responses to the French Revolution and the oppression of women
  • images of women
  • the condition of England question
  • progress and evolution
  • art and society;
  • mind and spirit
  • the inner life;
  • culture in crisis


33%: Lecture
67%: Seminar


40%: Coursework (Essay, Presentation)
60%: Examination (Unseen examination)

Contact hours and workload

This module is 300 hours of work. This breaks down into 36 hours of contact time and 264 hours of independent study.

This module is running in the academic year 2017/18. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: