Teaching: Undergraduate

The following list provides a listing of modules focusing on the period 1680 to 1840, offered on the BA in English Literature programme at Cardiff University in the 2014/15 academic session. More information about these modules is available on the BA in English Literature module descriptions webpage.

Year 1

  • English Literature II: Texts in Time, 1500–1800 (various convenors): This module explores a wide range of poetry, prose, and drama from the period 1500–1800, paying particular attention to the relationship between texts and their historical contexts. The first semester provides an introduction to Renaissance Literature, while the second examines texts from 1660 through to 1800: 140 years that straddled the early modern period and the age of enlightenment.

Year 2

  • Eighteenth-Century Women Writers (Dr Melanie Bigold) introduces students to the extraordinary output of British women writers in the long 18th century. It will look at a diverse range of genres (e.g. letters, poetry, prose fiction, political philosophy) as well as consider some dominant themes in works produced by, and sometimes about, British women.
  • Imaginary Journeys: More to Huxley (Prof. Bill Bell): The imaginary journey has been a source of fascination for writers in English since the publication of Thomas More’s Utopia in 1517. This course offers a survey of some of those journeys, read in the light of a series of themes: technology, gender, power, and geographical space, up to and including Huxley’s Brave New World.
  • Introduction to Romantic Poetry (Dr Jane Moore) offers an introduction to the first generation of Romantic poets, William Wordsworth, William Blake, Robert Burns and S. T. Coleridge as well the lesser-known poets Charlotte Smith and Mary Robinson.
  • Jane Austen in Context (Dr Anthony Mandal) closely analyses Austen’s early and mature fiction, paying particular attention to style and narrative development, read against the broader contexts of the literary and ideological influences on Austen, and her cultural legacy to the present day.
  • Romantic Visions, Dangerous Worlds (Prof. Damian Walford Davies, Dr James Castell & Dr Sophie Coulombeau) explores the dramatic visionary nature of the Romantic imagination, focusing on a series of highly charged canonical and non-canonical texts (poetry, prose and verse-drama) and on visual images.

Year 3

  • Bluestockings, Britannia, Unsex’d Females: Women in Public Life, 1770–1800 (Dr Sophie Coulombeau) explores the construction and contestation of the politically engaged woman in Britain over the period 1770-1800, using novels, poetry, drama, biographies, pamphlets and visual imagery such as prints and portraits.
  • The Illustrated Book (Prof. Julia Thomas) teaches students how to approach illustrated texts, making them aware of the complexity of the relationship between word and image, and giving them an understanding of the history of the illustrated book from the late 18th century to the present.
  • Nineteenth-Century Crime Fiction (Dr Heather Worthington) considers major stages in the development of crime fiction up to the end of the 19th century. It explores the construction of the genre and the different textual and narrative forms that contributed to that construction.
  • Religion, Politics and Sex, 1640–1714 (Dr Melanie Bigold) focuses on the religious, political and social contexts that shaped intellectual and creative writing in the period 1640-1714 (i.e., the Civil Wars to the death of Queen Anne).
  • Second-Generation Romantic Poets (Dr Jane Moore) studies the canonical second-generation Romantic poets, Keats, Byron and Shelley, together with some of their lesser-known contemporaries, who were tremendously popular in their day but have since fallen into relative critical neglect.
  • The Dissertation allows students to undertake an extended piece of self-directed research, which will demonstrate advanced scholarly and critical thinking, in order to give students the opportunity to write at length and in greater detail than in the standard undergraduate essay on a topic of their own choosing within the subject area of English Literature.