Writing The West: Literature & Place

Writers in the South West
Rating: 4.1 out of 5 (80 ratings)
3,295 students
English
English
Learners will understand the importance of places and landscapes in the South West to some major English poets and novelists and how those writers are remembered and valued today.

Requirements

  • You don’t require any additional textbooks to study. Everything you need to follow the course is provided for you on screen as you progress from step to step. For those interested in finding out more, we provide a list of further reading and online resources at the end of each week’s package of learning.

Description

This free online course offers learners the opportunity to explore the work of four writers or groups of writers from the Romantic & Victorian era with strong links to Bristol and the South West. The course covers Bristol’s Romantic poets (Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Robert Lovell, Robert Southey), Mary Shelley, Jane Austen, and Thomas Hardy, and addresses the following two overarching questions:

  • What has been the importance of place to writers in the South West?
  • What is the importance of writers to places in the South West today?

The course invites learners to consider how the featured writers were inspired by the landscapes and cityscapes of Bristol, Bath, and the West of England and how they engaged in a local or regional context with social and political issues of national importance. Learners will also consider how these same writers are remembered today and how they contribute to the cultural economy of the region; here in particular there will be scope for learners to share their own knowledge and experiences in an interactive learning environment.


Who this course is for:

  • Those interested in how the featured writers were inspired by the landscapes and cityscapes of Bristol and the West of England and how they engaged in a local or regional context with social and political issues of national importance.

Course content

9 sections75 lectures5h 1m total length
  • Welcome to the Course
    01:10
  • Meet the Team
    02:32

Instructors

Technical Support
Matthew Wood
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Professor of English Literature
Robin Jarvis
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I teach and research English Literature at the University of the West of England, Bristol, where I specialise in the Romantic period. My publications include Romantic Writing and Pedestrian Travel (1997), a study of the relationship between literature and walking, and Romantic Readers and Transatlantic Travel (2012), which explores the impact of travel books about North America on the reading public. In recent years my research has focused more on Romanticism's links with Bristol and the South West.

Senior Lecturer in English Literature
Gillian Ballinger
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I teach and research English Literature at the University of the West of England, Bristol, UK. I specialise in nineteenth-century literature and have published on the Victorian writers Charles Dickens and the Bronte sisters. More recently, I have been researching and writing about the relationship between Jane Austen and the South West, specifically Bath and Bristol. Currently, I am working on television adaptations of nineteenth-century novels.

Professor of English Literature
Marie Mulvey-Roberts
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I teach and research English Literature at the University of the West of England, Bristol where I specialise in Gothic Literature.  My publications include Dangerous Bodies: Historicising the Gothic Corporeal (2016), winner of the Alan Lloyd Smith Memorial Prize, and Literary Bristol: Writers and the City (2015). I have been writing and researching the links with Mary Shelley and the cities of Bristol and Bath.