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EN4372   Labour, leisure and luxury in British and transatlantic literature of the eighteenth century

Academic year(s): 2020-2021

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 30

ECTS credits : 15

Level : SCQF Level 10

Semester: 2

Availability restrictions: Not automatically available to General Degree students.

Planned timetable: 12.00 pm - 1.00pm Tues; 12.00 - 1.00pm Thurs

Radical changes in economic life occurred in the eighteenth century, with the establishment of modern banking systems, the 'rationalisation' of agricultural production, the consolidation of global trading networks, the transformation of colonies into monocultural centres of production, and the trade in enslaved people that made the entire system possible. Poems, plays, novels and essays of this period engaged with these developments, sometimes idealising and sometimes criticising them. The literary form of these texts is always relevant, evoking a georgic idyll or an alternative community, finding images to condemn the cruelty of slavery or using the couplet to portray benevolent stewardship of the land. Literary texts also reflect on their own place in the economy, and on the economic position of their producers and consumers. Studying this module, students will see the role literature plays in establishing and contesting the economy of the developing transatlantic world.

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 lectures/seminars every week over 11 weeks

Scheduled learning hours: 22

Guided independent study hours: 278

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: Coursework = 100%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 0%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 100%

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


Module coordinator: Dr T E Jones
Module teaching staff: Dr Tom Jones