This module requires students to explore and evaluate a selection of texts relating to a particular historical period. It develops their understanding of the ways in which scientific, religious, philosophical or economic paradigms have shaped and are reflected in literature and other texts. (Reread English Stage 6 Syllabus , p 89.)
In this elective students explore texts which relate to ways of thinking characteristic of Romanticism in the late 18th century until the mid 19th century. The Romantics valued the imagination, individualism and idealism. Romanticism is typified by the search for meaning through representations of the individual’s relationship with the natural world, and wider social and political contexts. Texts related to this period examine or affirm the power of the imagination to inform, illuminate and transform human experience. Experimentation with ideas and forms may reflect or challenge ways of thinking during this period.
In this elective, students are required to study at least three of the prescribed texts, two of which must be print texts, as well as other texts of their own choosing. In their responding and composing they explore, analyse, experiment with and critically evaluate their prescribed texts and a range of other appropriate examples. Texts should be drawn from a range of contexts and media, and should reflect the concerns of the Romantic period.