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Kings, Poets and Terror: Literature of the 1790s

When you'll study it
Semester 1
CATS points
ECTS points
Level 6
Module lead
Stephen Bygrave
Academic year

Module overview

The 1790s was a decade of revolutions abroad and of chaos and state paranoia at home. Britain began its longest continuous war in 1792. In a letter years afterwards to Byron, Percy Shelley declared that the French Revolution was ‘the master theme of the epoch in which we live’. New ways of registering and representing that theme also became evident in that decade, ways which some were later to describe as ‘Romantic’. This module examines the intimate connection between revolution (primarily the French) and some of those new representations in the discursive and fictional prose, poetry, and visual arts of that decade.

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