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EL3851 - The Eighteenth Century and the Enlightenment

[Offered in even-numbered years]

Credit points: 03
Year: 2019
Student Contribution Band: Band 1
Administered by: College of Arts, Society & Education

This subject focuses on one of the most vital eras in the history of Western ideas. Picking up from the English discipline's offering on the Renaissance, and anticipating its offering on the Romantic movement, it examines the philosophical, rationalist, political and intellectual - as well as literary - ambitions of this prodigious age, from its dawn in England with figures like Bacon, Hobbes, and Locke, through its high noon in mid-century France, to its climax and destruction in the French Revolution of 1789. And because the Enlightenment was largely made up of debates about what Enlightenment was, some of its enemies and some of those groups excluded from it will be heard also.

Learning Outcomes

  • to develop a comprehensive understanding of the set texts;
  • to broaden and intensify the literary critical skills and understanding attained by students at earlier levels, particularly where essay writing and tutorial discussion are concerned;
  • to develop a good working knowledge of the Enlightenment and its impact on political, intellectual, and literary history;
  • to encourage a broad intellectual sense of the history of ideas in the West from the Renaissance onwards.
EL2851 AND EL5851

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