Advanced seminar: HS: British Romanticism and Melancholia - Details
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Course name Advanced seminar: HS: British Romanticism and Melancholia
Semester WS 2023/24
Current number of participants 20
maximum number of participants 25
Home institute Englische Literaturwissenschaft
participating institutes ZZZ_Literaturwissenschaft (Anglistik/Amerikanistik)
Courses type Advanced seminar in category Teaching
First date Thursday, 19.10.2023 11:45 - 13:15, Room: (D 1003)
Pre-requisites Einführung in die Literaturwissenschaft
Performance record Regular attendance and active participation, thesis paragraphs, written term paper.
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Hauptunterrichtssprache englisch
ECTS points 8-10

Rooms and times

(D 1003)
Thursday: 11:45 - 13:15, weekly (15x)

Module assignments


Already in antiquity, philosophers noticed a deep connection between creativity and melancholia (an observation famously attributed to Aristotle). The Romantic period turns out to be of particular interest in this regard, as its highly imaginative, creative cultural output goes along with a strong sense of loss and a melancholic mood. In this seminar, we will explore the phenomenon of melancholia in selected poetry of the Romantic period. After a comprehensive survey of the history of melancholia and its numerous theories/discourses, we will contextualize the phenomenon within the socio-cultural background of Romanticism, as well as scrutinize its discursive and aesthetic manifestations in various Romantic texts, including Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner,” William Wordsworth’s Lucy poems, Lord Byron’s “Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage,” and John Keats’s famous odes.

A reader with assorted primary and secondary literature will be made available at the beginning of the term.

Admission settings

The course is part of admission "ALW/ELW/NELK: Vertiefungsmodul BA: HS".
Studierende der Anglistik/Amerikanistik und des Faches Englisch können sich bereits während der vorgezogenen Anmeldephase zur Sicherstellung des Studienfortschritts für die Aufbau- und Vertiefungsmodule anmelden. Hierzu wird ein gewisses Kontingent der Kursplätze im Zeitraum vom 21.08.2023 bis 30.08.2023 für die Anmeldung geöffnet. Die Verteilung der Plätze erfolgt am 01.09.2023. Bitte beachten Sie, dass in dieser Anmeldephase Studierende in höheren Fachsemestern bei der Verteilung der Plätze priorisiert werden.
Die allgemeine Anmeldephase beginnt am 04.09.2023 und endet am 09.10.2023.
The following rules apply for the admission:
  • The enrolment is possible from 04.09.2023, 08:00 to 09.10.2023, 12:00.
  • A defined number of seats will be assigned to these courses.
    The seats in the affected courses have been assigned at 11.10.2023 on 12:00. Additional seats may be available via a wait list.
  • Enrolment is allowed for up to 1 courses of the admission set.
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