Reason, Imagination, Revolution: Literature and Culture from Pope to Austen

Macquarie University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Reason, Imagination, Revolution: Literature and Culture from Pope to Austen

  • Host University

    Macquarie University

  • Location

    Sydney, Australia

  • Area of Study

    English, Literature

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    6 credit points in ENGL 200 level

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    This unit introduces students to writings that track the trajectories of formal, philosophical and culture change in British literary culture between 1710 and 1825. It examines how Reason is idealised and critiqued by writers associated with the Enlightenment, such as Pope, Swift, Haywood and Johnson, and how it is situated in relation to Imagination and developed into the Romanticism of Blake, Wordsworth and Coleridge. The unit also explores how those conceptual exchanges feed into the revolutionary fervour of the 1790s and provokes the responses of Austen, Shelley, Byron and Keats, who along with their Romantic forebears, set the cultural bases for British literature into the nineteenth century.

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Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.