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Research Now: Romantic Conversations 1785-1845 - ENG00154I

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  • Department: English and Related Literature
  • Module co-ordinator: Information currently unavailable
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: I
  • Academic year of delivery: 2023-24
    • See module specification for other years: 2024-25

Module summary

Research Now gives you the chance to explore a cutting-edge specialist research area, while developing advanced skills for your own independent, extended research in the final year of your degree.

In the first half of the module, you will tackle your ‘deep dive’ research area of Romantic Conversations. The solitary wanderer was for a long time seen as a quintessential figure of Romantic poetry. Taking a different tack, this deep dive will instead investigate the sociable interactions of Romantic verse, through a focus on conversation and encounter in the lyric poetry of Romantic writers from Barbauld, Blake, and Byron to Keats, Smith, and Wordsworth. We will investigate the ways in which a broad range of conversational poetry produced in the Romantic period stages encounters between the speakers of lyric verse and the social, literary, and natural world, and the different expressions of intersubjectivity that these poems produce. Lectures and workshops will explore how Romantic poets address verse to their poetic contemporaries, to elements of the natural world (such as birds, rivers, and the moon), and to loved ones and strangers. You will engage with comparative and interdisciplinary approaches, and relevant critical vocabulary and contexts, including ideas of conversation, intersubjectivity, and sociability. You will hear from a range of lecturers, while collaborating in team-based workshops, in order to develop a team research project and presentation on the topic’s material.

The second half of the module focuses on skills to take your research further: formulating comprehensive research proposals and questions; developing a clear methodology or research practice; working interdisciplinarily, across languages, and periods; and improving ways of presenting research both orally and in writing. Each week will introduce a new tool for developing your research, and will contribute to a portfolio that will also look ahead to your final-year (bridge) dissertation project.

As a whole, the module gives you the chance to develop key employability strengths, including teamwork, creative and critical thinking, and problem-solving, while also developing the skills needed to embark on a longer research project by putting together an individual dissertation proposal.

Note: The ‘deep dive’ research area that you choose for the first half of this module does not have to correspond with the proposed subject area of your final year (bridge) dissertation. You have the freedom to explore new, innovative terrain in this ‘deep dive’ or opt for a research area that you know and love - it is entirely up to you

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching period
A Semester 2 2023-24

Module aims

  • This module aims to introduce students to cutting-edge research and innovative approaches to research design and presentation.

  • This module will encourage students to engage creatively with critical sources and texts, preparing students for the design of an extended dissertation project in the third year.

  • The module will develop essential research techniques together with oral, written and digital skills that can be applied to individual and collaborative research projects

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, you should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an informed understanding of and engagement with the ‘deep dive’ research topic, the issues involved, and the critical debates surrounding the subject of Romantic Conversations

  2. Demonstrate an informed understanding of and engagement with research strategy through the development of a focused piece of research.

  3. Examine essential research approaches and techniques and apply those techniques in the development of a research proposal portfolio.

  4. Develop and successfully manage a collaborative project relating to Romantic Conversations, which demonstrates a proficiency in oral, written, performance and/or digital skills as appropriate.


Task Length % of module mark
Portfolio : Research Proposal Portfolio
N/A 50
Group work : Team presentation
N/A 50

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
1,500-word Essay
N/A 50
Research Proposal Portfolio
N/A 50

Module feedback

  • You will receive feedback on all assessed work within the University deadline, and will often receive it more quickly. The purpose of feedback is to inform your future work; it is designed to help you to improve your work, and the Department also offers you help in learning from your feedback. If you do not understand your feedback or want to talk about your ideas further you can discuss it with your tutor or your supervisor, during their Open Office Hours
  • For more information about the feedback you will receive for your work, see the department's Guide to Assessment

Indicative reading

Refer to mini-syllabus for ‘deep dive’ research topics

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