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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedClayton Second semester 2011 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Associate Professor Kate Rigby


Previously coded CLS2550


This unit will introduce students to the new forms of representation and ways of thinking that emerged in Europe in association with the Romantic movement. It will focus in particular on Romantic reconceptualisations of history and nationhood, God and nature, art and the self. Romanticism will be considered both as a revolutionary period in European history and as a continuing strand of Western culture. Writers discussed include Rousseau, Herder, Kant, Goethe, Schelling, Novalis, F. Schlegel, Kleist, Eichendorff, E. T. A. Hofmann, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Shelley, Keats, Byron, Clare and Lermontov.


Students who successfully complete this unit will have:

  1. Developed a general understanding of the new ways of thinking and writing about history and nationhood, God and nature, art and the self that were articulated by European philosophers and writers associated with the Romantic movement.
  2. Gained a more in-depth knowledge of the work of at least two Romantic philosophers and/or writers from different parts of Europe.
  3. Become more aware of the ongoing legacy of European Romanticism in contemporary Western culture.
  4. Continued the development of their skills in the areas of research, textual analysis and interpretation, and communication, both oral and written.

Third year students will in addition be expected to have:
  1. Integrated an understanding of one or more current approaches within literary or cultural theory into their analysis of Romantic literature and/or philosophy.


Written work (2,700 words): 60%
Exam (2 hours): 40%

Chief examiner(s)

Kate Rigby

Contact hours

One 2-hour seminar per week

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

European and European Union studies
Comparative literature and cultural studies