The module explores the writings across two generations of the same literary family: William Godwin and Mary Wollstonecraft in the first generation, and Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley and Percy Bysshe Shelley in the second. The module will focus mainly on works which were the product of creative interaction and/or literary collaboration, and will consider (among other things) how far individual contributions to this literary conversation were shaped by a shared belief in the civic responsibility of authorship. The approach will be generic as well as thematic: special attention will be given to the range of different genres (e.g. political treatise, memoir, novel, 'conversation poem', lyrical drama) adopted by each writer in their search for a role as a commentator on public affairs. Attention will also be given to the rich body of informal writings produced by the group, including letters, journals, and memoirs.
Connected course(s): UDF DATA Assessment: 100.0% Coursework Level: 7