Beyond the 'Big Six' - female poets in the Romantic Period

Ref: C2226790

This course explores the Romantic period (1785-1832) and its aftermath through a range of largely underacknowledged female poets, such as Felicia Hemans, Charlotte Smith, Anna Laetitia Barbauld, and Emily Bronte, and their work.Their engagement with the social and cultural changes created by the French Revolution produced innovationsin poetry and helped form much of what we regard as modern experience and ideas. Throughout the course we will examine how female poets engaged with topics including gender and power; individual freedom; reason and imagination; the re-evaluation of nature and criticism of urban industrialism and a concern for social justice and slavery.

Course aim

To explore the lives and work of largely unacknowledged female poets of the Romantic period (1785-1832) so as to examine their engagement with topics including individual freedom, nature, social justice, slavery, gender and class power.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • analyse the literary and cultural change in late eighteenth- and nineteenth-century England
  • read and critique a range of romantic poetry
  • evaluate the role played by issues such as gender, equality, natural rights and liberty in literary and cultural texts

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider

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Beyond the 'Big Six' - female poets in the Romantic Period

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