Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


Imagination, Nature, Freedom: Romantic Literature explores some of the key voices of British and American Romanticism from the 1780s to the 1860s. The course introduces students to Romantic poetry and fiction in relation to its intellectual, philosophical, artistic, cultural, and societal contexts: including revolution, urbanisation, industrialisation, slavery, and empire. It looks at how the Romantic movement - with its rebellion against pure rationalism - redefined ideas about thought, feeling, nature, selfhood, the role of the writer, and the humanitarian impulse which have much to say to our present cultural moment.


Not currently offered.

Replacing course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): ENGL2004. Students who have successfully completed ENGL2004 are not eligible to enrol in ENGL3019.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Outline the history and contexts of Romanticism.

2. Examine the key formal, thematic, and contextual characteristics of individual literary works.

3. Conduct research independently and express clear and informed arguments.

4. Develop persuasive oral and written responses both individually and in groups.


This course provides detailed insight into a range of works of Romantic Literature. Topics may include:

  • Dreams, visions, and reveries
  • Romantic childhoods
  • Gender and the sublime
  • Heroism, individualism, authenticity, and genius
  • Romantic travel writing and the Grand Tour
  • Nature, spirituality, and ecocriticism
  • Inequality and revolution
  • Madness, grief, and extreme emotional states
  • The occult, the irrational, and the grotesque
  • Truth and beauty


Students cannot enrol in this course if they have previously successfully completed ENGL2004.

Assumed knowledge

20 units of English at 1000 level.

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Written Assignment (30%)

Project: Project (20%)

Essay: Essay (50%) *

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • Essay: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course.

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