Guillotines, Ghosts and Laughing Gas: Literature in the 1790s
Module code: ESH6041
Credits: 15.0 Semester: SEM1 Timetable:
Semester 1: Weeks 5: Wednesday 3 pm - 5 pm
Semester 1: Thursday 10 am - 12 pm
Contact: Prof David Duff Overlap: None Prerequisite: None
The 1790s was a turbulent decade in which literature, politics and science interacted in unprecedented ways. Innovations in poetry coincided with a cult of Gothic horror, dramatic discoveries in science and an explosive pamphlet war unleashed by the French Revolution. This module explores the distinctive culture of the revolutionary decade, studying poems, novels and plays by Coleridge, Blake, Charlotte Smith, `Monk¿ Lewis, Sheridan and other writers alongside Jacobin and anti-Jacobin polemics, political cartoons and experiments with `laughing gas¿ in the laboratories of the poet-chemist Humphry Davy.