British Romanticism (OUDCE Course)

Ref: C3744664

The Romantic age produced a peerless range of outstanding literature and art. This course gives you an accessible introduction to some of the greatest poetry, fiction, and painting of British Romanticism. We shall explore the work of major figures such as Blake, Wordsworth, and Constable alongside more neglected writers such as Barbauld, Robinson and Clare, and the cultural theories of Burke and Wollstonecraft. A common theme in the authors' varied work is the relationship between human activity and the natural world, a theme reflecting the rapid social transformations shaping the long eighteenth century. You will be encouraged to close read key texts to discover how each artist engaged with these changing natural and political landscapes. Through class discussions and written assignments, we shall develop our own responses to the provocative work of the British Romantics, and discover how this work illuminates the social concerns of the present.

Course aim

To provide a brief introduction to some of the greatest poetry, fiction and painting of British Romanticism

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Demonstrate an awareness of how Romantic-period artists responded to the natural and political landscapes in their work.
  • Produce clear arguments in oral and written work that examines and evaluates the formal, thematic,biographical, and material qualities of individual texts.
  • Acquire a broader understanding of British Romanticism as a cultural and historical movement.

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
  • You will be expected to carry out a range of activities in your own time
  • Assessment will be comprised of a summative essay (c.1500 words) to be submitted at the end of the course.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • Assessment will be comprised of a summative essay (c.1500 words) to be submitted at the end of the course.

What else do I need to know?

  • If you are planning to purchase books, remember that courses with too few students enrolled will be cancelled. The Department accepts no responsibility for books bought in anticipation of a course.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • If you are planning to purchase books, remember that courses with too few students enrolled will be cancelled. The Department accepts no responsibility for books bought in anticipation of a course.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to a course with another provider

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British Romanticism (OUDCE Course)

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Please call 0300 303 3464 to enquire about enrolling on this course.

Conditions

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  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2019
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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