English Literature of the Romantic Period, 1798-1832

By Prof. Pramod K. Nayar   |   University of Hyderabad
Learners enrolled: 2291
This is intended as a survey of one of the most significant periods in English literature, the Romantic Age. It provides the socio-cultural backgrounds, key features of the poetry and fiction and an introduction to some of the key poets and poems from the period. In addition it also offers a brief account of the principal aesthetic theories that informed the poetry, and an introduction to the visual arts of the period. It concludes with a short introduction to the orientalism that marked the age’s literature. 

INTENDED AUDIENCE : Any interested learners
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 8 weeks
Category :
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • English Studies
Credit Points : 2
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate
Start Date : 18 Jan 2021
End Date : 12 Mar 2021
Enrollment Ends : 01 Feb 2021
Exam Date : 21 Mar 2021 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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Course layout

Week 1 : Backgrounds 1
Week 2 : Backgrounds 2
Week 3 : Romantic Prose
Week 4 : Romanticism and Sentiment
Week 5 : Romantic Literature: Nature, the Environment and Ecology
Week 6 : Romantic Literature and Art: Aesthetics
Week 7 : Romantic Literature: Politics
Week 8 : Romantic Literature: Empire and Orientalism

Books and references

Stuart Curran (ed) The Cambridge Companion to British Romanticism. Cambridge UP, 1993.Aidan Day, Romanticism. Routledge, 1996. CM Bowra, The Romantic Imagination. Harvard UP, 1957. William St Clair. The Reading Nation in the Romantic Period. Cambridge UP, 2004.Nicholas Roe (ed) Romanticism: An Oxford Guide. Oxford UP, 2008. Fulford, Tim, Debbie Lee and Peter Kitson. ‘Indian Flowers and Romantic Orientalism’, in Fulford et al., Literature, Science and Exploration in the Romantic Era: Bodies of Knowledge. Cambridge UP, 2004. Nigel Leask. British Romantic Writers and the East: Anxieties of Empire. Cambridge UP, 1993. NicholasMason. ‘Consumer Culture: Getting and Spending in the Romantic Age’, in Jon Kanchler (ed) A Concise Companion to Romanticism. Wiley-Blackwell, 2009. Anne K Mellor. Romanticism and Gender. Routledge, 1993.Rose, Jonathan. ‘Rereading the English Common Reader: A Preface to a History of Audiences’, Journal of the History of Ideas 53.1 (1992): 47–70. Fred Botting, Gothic. Routledge, 1996. Donna Heiland, Gothic and Gender: An Introduction. Blackwell, 2004.

Instructor bio

Prof. Pramod K. Nayar

University of Hyderabad
Pramod K Nayar teaches at the Dept of English, the University of Hyderabad. Among his most recent books are Bhopal’s Ecological Gothic (Lexington, 2017), Human Rights and Literature (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2017), The Extreme in Contemporary Culture (Rowman and Littlefield, 2017). He is the editor of English Romantic Poetry: An Anthology (Orient BlackSwan, 2013).Forthcoming is Brand Postcolonial: The ‘Third World’ Text and the Global (de Gruyter).

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 21 March 2021 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
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