Romanticism and Victorianism in English Literature, BA literature lecture

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Romanticism and Victorianism in English Literature, BA literature lecture

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Kérchy Anna

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room 3

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Wed 10-12

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The objective of the course is to provide a survey of English literature in the Romantic (1798-1832) and the Victorian (1832-1901) periods. Focusing on the most significant concepts, themes and genres, as well as the key texts both in verse and prose by the major writers of the Romantic period (Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron, Shelley, Keats, Jane Austen, Mary Shelley) and the Victorian period (Tennyson, Browning, Elizabeth B. Browning, D.G. Rossetti, Christina Rossetti, Dickens, Thackeray, the Brontës, George Eliot, Thomas Hardy, Oscar Wilde, Lewis Carroll) the course aims at an understanding of the cultural terms ’Romanticism’ and ’Victorianism’ in English literature.


részletes (hetekre bontott) tematika

Schedule of classes

1. Introduction to Romanticism. The Age of Sensibility, Graveyard poets, Chatterton, Neo-Classicism

2. The Gothic novel, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein

3 Romantic image-text: William Blake

4. Romantic poetry: William Wordsworth, Lyrical Ballads, S.T. Coleridge

5. Romantic poetry: Shelley, Byron, Keats

6. Introduction to the Victorian period

7. Victorian Poetry: Tennyson, Browning, Elizabeth B. Browning, D.G. Rossetti, Christina Rossetti, the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood

8. The novel in transition (novel of manners, novel of sensibility, sentimental novel, social satire, historical novel) Jane Austen, Walter Scott, William Thackeray, George Eliot

9. The Victorian Novel: Serialized Novel, Picaresque, Bildungsroman, Künstlerroman, Sentimentality/Realism: Charles Dickens

10. The Victorian Novel: Gothic Romanticism: The Brontës

11.Victorian Novel (Regional, Realistic, Symbolism, Existentialism): Thomas Hardy

12. Aestheticism, Symbolism: Oscar Wilde, the Sensation Novel: Wilkie Collins, the Adventure Novel, Gothic, High Fantasy: RL Stevenson, Bram Stoker

13. Children’s Literature for all ages; Non-didactic nonsense, religious scientific fantasy: George MacDonald, Lewis Carroll, Charles Kingsley



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A thorough familiarity with the primary texts (preferably in English) is the most important requirement. There is no coursebook to consult, so please try to attend the lectures and make sure to take notes. A written exam will take place in the examination period. You must show up on at least one exam in order to be able to sit for a rewrite (UV). You’ll need 51% for a pass. In the exam you will be invited to define key concepts, recognize and analyse excerpts from primary texts, and produce brief argumentative essays.


kötelező olvasmányok (ha vannak)


Mary Shelley: Frankenstein

Jane Austen: Pride and Prejudice

Charles Dickens: Great Expectations

Emily Brontë: Wuthering Heights

Thomas Hardy: Tess of the D’Urbervilles

Lewis Carroll: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland


William Blake: The Lamb, The Tyger, The Sick Rose, The Chimney Sweeper

William Wordsworth: Tintern Abbey, I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud, We are Seven, Preface to the Lyrical Ballads (extracts)

Samuel Taylor Coleridge: Kubla Khan, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Biographia Literaria (extracts)

Percy Bysshe Shelley: To a Skylark, Mont Blanc, Ode to the West Wind

John Keats: La Belle Dame Sans Merci, Ode to a Nightingale, Ode on a Grecian Urn, To Autumn

Lord George Gordon Byron: Darkness, Beppo

Dante Gabriel Rossetti: The Blessed Damozel

Christina Rossetti: Goblin Market

Robert Browning: My Last Duchess, Two in the Campagna

Lord Alfred Tennyson: The Lady of Shalott, Ulysses

Algernon Charles Swinburne: Faustine

Matthew Arnold: Dover Beach


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