British Enlightenment

Faculteit Letteren
Jaar 2019/20
Vakcode LEX018M05
Vaknaam British Enlightenment
Niveau(s) master
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester I a
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Uitgebreide vaknaam British Enlightenment: Eighteenth-Century Literature and Culture
Leerdoelen Upon successful completion of the course unit, students are able to
 Critically analyse the British literary contribution to the Enlightenment from the mid-seventeenth century to the late eighteenth;
 Critically analyse texts of different literary registers (political, scientific, philosophical, and psychological discourse; drama, fiction, satiric verse, etc.);
 Synthesise complex ideas ideas in their historical development (the state, the mind, modern urban society, the philosophy of science, aesthetics, democratic reform, social inclusivity, and exclusivity, gender, etc);
 Gain particular historical awareness of the status of women in earlier forms of Western culture;
 Communicate in English in an academic register appropriate to MA study;
 Make judgements, literary-critical, historical, and intellectual, about forms of human interaction.
Omschrijving Alongside the Renaissance and the Romantic Movement, the Enlightenment is often considered as one of the formative eras in Western thought — and Western life at large, too. It is often associated, for example, with the triumph of reason, the decline of religious superstition, the rise of science, and the flourishing of democracy in the American and French Revolutions. (It has also been associated with the negative elements of such things: particularly the dangers inherent in science and in scientific attitudes.) It is powerfully associated with the French philosophes of the mid-eighteenth century, but in fact intellectuals from the British Isles played a vital role in the Enlightenment, particularly among its mid seventeenth-century origins: Bacon and Newton in science, Hobbes and Locke in politics, and Locke in theories of the human mind. The subject will survey British literature, imaginative and discursive, from this vital and influential era: those it marginalized as well as those it included.
Uren per week 3
Onderwijsvorm werkcollege
Toetsvorm essay, schriftelijke opdracht(en)
Vaksoort master
Coördinator prof. dr. R.D.P. Lansdown
Docent(en) prof. dr. R.D.P. Lansdown
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
Robinson Crusoe Daniel Defoe 978 019955397 ca. €  10,00
Humphry Clinker Tobias Smollett 978 0141441129 ca. €  10,00
The Beggar's Opera John Gay 978 014043220 6 ca. €  10,00
Entreevoorwaarden BA in English obtained and admission to the MA programme.
Opgenomen in
Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
Ma Letterkunde (Europese L&C / English L&C / Writing, Editing and Mediating)  ( English Literature and Culture) 1 semester I a keuze