Topics and Suggested Readings

The following list of topics and readings is meant to illustrate the kinds of topics covered and the mode of teaching. Each year the Director of Studies and Coordinator may make some substitutions, within the same basic framework of study and assessment.

 

Week 1: A Pastoral England: Region, Landscape and Romanticism

Lectures

The Lake Poets

Ideas of the North

Language and Dialect of the North

Suggested Readings

Poems of William Wordsworth

Diaries of Dorothy Wordsworth

Coursework

500-word Annotated Bibliography

Field Trips

Brantwood

Dove Cottage

 

Week 2 Industrialisation: Political Change and the Novel

Lectures

The Making of the Working Class

Gaskell and the Working-class Novel

Dialect in Industrial Fiction

Suggested Readings

Friedrich Engels

Elizabeth Gaskell

  1. Mary Barton
  2. North and South

Coursework

Group Presentation

Field Trips

Quarry Bank Mill

Week 3 The Great War: Memory and Reconstruction

Lectures

The Great War and the North West

First World War Literature

Propaganda: The Language of War

Suggested Readings

Pat Barker’sRegeneration

Poems of Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon

Coursework

2,000-word Essay

Field Trips

Imperial War Museum North

Manchester

Week 4 Postcolonial Britain: Identity and Place

Lectures

History of Migration

Postcolonial Britain: Culture and Literature

Poetry Reading

Suggested Readings

Poems by Jackie Kay, John Agard, Linton Kwesi Johnson, and Shamshad Khan

Coursework

In-class Test

Field Trips

Museum of Liverpool

Liverpool