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EN4362   Mind, Body and Soul: Literature in the Enlightenment

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 30

ECTS credits : 15

Level : SCQF level 10

Semester: 1

Availability restrictions: Not automatically available to General Degree students

Planned timetable: 2.00 pm Tue and 2.00 pm Thu

The Enlightenment is a contested historical category, with arguments about literature and philosophy contributing to the definition of what enlightens a human subject. By reading major texts of poetry, fiction and non-fiction, this module will explore the ways in which literature constructs relationships between the rational, emotional, spiritual and physical aspects of human life. Students will be encouraged to ask how the physical, emotional and spiritual impinge upon rational accounts of enlightenment, looking at the way literary texts such as Rochester's poems, Pope's Essay on Man, and Sterne's Tristram Shandy complicate accounts of the age of reason given from the perspective of the history of ideas. Students will consider and question the relationship between literature and broader intellectual movements by conducting close readings of literary texts and understanding their intellectual context. (Group C)

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must pass EN2003 and pass EN2004

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 2 x 1-hour seminars, and 2 optional consultative hours.

Scheduled learning hours: 44

Guided independent study hours: 256

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 2-hour Written Examination = 50%, Coursework = 50%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 50%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 50%

Re-assessment: 3-hour Written Examination = 100%


Module teaching staff: Dr Tom Jones (TEJ1)