ENGL 2102 - Rhapsody & Revolution: Romanticism & its Legacies

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2014

Romanticism has profoundly shaped modern sensibilities, informing our conceptions of individual subjectivity, our notions of the creative artist and the role of art, our understanding of the relation of the individual to the natural world, and our ideas of the fantastic and the uncanny. Arising as an ambivalent reaction to various intellectual strands of the Enlightenment, and a rebellion against classicism in the arts, the Romantic movement swept Europe in the wake of the French Revolution of 1789 and had momentous effects on all art forms: literature, music, dance, and the visual arts. In this course we will explore some major Romantic texts in relation to a set of key themes: revolution, liberty and gender; the role of art and the conception of the creative artist; the exaltation of the emotions, the senses and the imagination; the relation of the individual to nature; the uncanny and the fantastic; Bohemianism and alternative communities. Texts examined may include poetry, political writing and essays, novels, biographies, visual artworks, instrumental music, opera and ballet. Students completing this course will develop an enhanced understanding of key Romantic texts and ideas, as well as an appreciation of how Romantic ideologies and motifs underpin subsequent cultural movements such as the Gothic, Decadence, Surrealism and Modernism.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ENGL 2102
    Course Rhapsody & Revolution: Romanticism & its Legacies
    Coordinating Unit English and Creative Writing
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact 3 hours per week
    Prerequisites 12 units of level I study
    Assumed Knowledge Familiarity with the reading and analysis of literary texts equivalent to Level 1 English standard
    Course Description Romanticism has profoundly shaped modern sensibilities, informing our conceptions of individual subjectivity, our notions of the creative artist and the role of art, our understanding of the relation of the individual to the natural world, and our ideas of the fantastic and the uncanny. Arising as an ambivalent reaction to various intellectual strands of the Enlightenment, and a rebellion against classicism in the arts, the Romantic movement swept Europe in the wake of the French Revolution of 1789 and had momentous effects on all art forms: literature, music, dance, and the visual arts. In this course we will explore some major Romantic texts in relation to a set of key themes: revolution, liberty and gender; the role of art and the conception of the creative artist; the exaltation of the emotions, the senses and the imagination; the relation of the individual to nature; the uncanny and the fantastic; Bohemianism and alternative communities. Texts examined may include poetry, political writing and essays, novels, biographies, visual artworks, instrumental music, opera and ballet. Students completing this course will develop an enhanced understanding of key Romantic texts and ideas, as well as an appreciation of how Romantic ideologies and motifs underpin subsequent cultural movements such as the Gothic, Decadence, Surrealism and Modernism.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Maggie Tonkin

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    At the successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
    1 Gain knowledge of pan-European and British Romanticism
    2 Undertake textual analysis of key Romantic texts
    3 Identify and explain each text's engagement with its historical and cultural context
    4 Read and interpret criticism, and apply it within an academic argument
    5 Locate and access primary and secondary sources
    6 Write logical and coherent arguments based on evidence, and engage in critical debate
    7 Work with others to explore ideas and to collectively negotiate solutions to problems
    8 Evaluate the contribition of Romanticism to subsequent cultural movements, and to contemporary understandings of culture
    9 Use technologies relevant to the University learning environment
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1-4
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 2-6
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 4-7
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 7
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 5, 9
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1, 3, 4, 5, 8
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 7
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Teaching and learning modes may include lectures, seminars and online activities.
    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    Students will commit to the equivalent of 156 hours per semester to study in this course.
    Learning Activities Summary
    Learning activities may include lectures, face-to-face seminars, online activities and instructor-directed and student-directed research and assessment-for-learning tasks.
    Specific Course Requirements
    This subject requires a high level of English language proficiency.
  • Assessment

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    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Provisional. Assessment tasks may include essays, seminar presentations and papers, close reading exercises and exams.
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Students must attempt all assessment tasks in order to pass this course. Attendance at seminars is a compulsory component of this course.

    Other assessment  related requirements can be found in the Discipline of English and Creative Writing Handbook, and the relevant Course Guide.
    Assessment Detail
    To be announced.
    Submission
    Assessment submission is to be undertaken in the form prescribed in any instructions issued for individual assessment tasks.

    Policies on deadlines and lateness are to be found in the Discipline of English and Creative Writing Handbook.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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