This unit is the second part of a chronological survey of the English literary tradition. It begins with the latter part of that tradition, from William Blake and the Romantics through to the beginnings of Modern literature. The course includes the Victorian period. The unit introduces the students to some of the recognised masters of the language and to the predominant tendencies of various literary periods. The unit deepens the students understanding of genre, style and content to which they were introduced in the first year unit. The unit introduces notions such as literary influence (including the Bible and ancient Greek and Roman sources) and the relation of the individual to the literary tradition.
+ The Romantic movement
+ Literature as a catalyst for social change
+ Literary representations of differing value systems
+ Fantasy elements in nineteenth-century literature
+ Poetry about the experience of Christian faith