Literature & Society, 1770-1900 (MLitt Option Module) Module Overview: ‘Literature & Society, 1770-1900’ explores the interplay between the nationwide perspectives of social philosophy and the more individualistic concerns of literary culture in the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. It offers students a chance to make broad connections across the period, at the same time as providing them with in-depth knowledge of principal theoreticians of culture in these decades and their major works. Emphasis will be placed on the manner in which literary works can be read in conversation with, and in opposition to, social theory, with each seminar structured around close readings of an example of each style of writing. Seminar Programme: Week 1: The Nation and the Individual Adam Smith, An Inquiry Into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations; William Wordsworth, The Prelude; William Cowper, The Task (extracts of all three to be provided). Week 2: Gender Mary Wollstonecraft, Vindication of the Rights of Woman (extracts); Lord Byron, Sardanapalus (to be provided). Week 3: Education Jeremy Bentham, Chrestomathia (extracts); Hannah More, Strictures on Female Education (extracts); Jane Austen, Mansfield Park. Week 4: The Poet and Society Samuel Taylor Coleridge, On the Constitution of Church and State (extracts), ‘The Eolian Harp’. Week 5: Class John Stuart Mill, ‘On the Probable Futurity of the Labouring Classes’ (to be provided); Charles Kingsley, Alton Locke, Tailor and Poet: An Autobiography. Week 6: [Reading Week] Week 7: Gothic Ruskin, ‘On the Nature of Gothic’ (to be provided); Sheridan Le Fanu, ‘Carmilla’ (to be provided). Week 8: Culture Matthew Arnold, Culture and Anarchy, Chapters 1 & 2 (to be provided), ‘The Strayed Reveller’, ‘The Scholar-Gipsy’. Week 9: Trade Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, The Communist Manifesto; Dante Gabriel Rossetti, ‘Jenny’; Christina Rossetti, ‘Goblin Market’. Week 10: Aesthetic Withdrawal Walter Pater, ‘Conclusion’ to The Renaissance (to be provided), Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray, ‘The Soul of Man Under Socialism’ (extracts).