Writing The West: Literature & Place

Writers in the South West
Rating: 4.6 out of 5 (69 ratings)
2,918 students
Writing The West: Literature & Place
Rating: 4.6 out of 5 (69 ratings)
2,918 students
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 sections • 75 lectures • 5h 1m total length
  • Welcome to the Course
    01:10
  • Meet the Team
    02:32
  • Introduction to Week 1
    01:32
  • Step 4: Coleridge and the West Country
    07:16
  • Step 5: Read Coleridge’s “This Lime-Tree Bower My Prison”
    03:48
  • Step 6: "This Lime-Tree Bower" on Location
    08:39
  • Step 7: Discuss “This Lime-Tree Bower My Prison”
    00:30
  • Step 8: Test your knowledge of Coleridge
    5 questions
  • Step 9: Robert Southey, Bristolian Poet
    07:04
  • Step 10: Southey’s West Country Inscriptions
    06:30
  • Step 11: Discussion of Place and Commemoration
    01:00
  • Step 12: The Avon Gorge and Bristol Romanticism
    08:58
  • Step 13: Robert Lovell: Poet and Pantisocrat
    06:45
  • Step 14: Read extracts from Robert Lovell’s Bristol: A Satire.
    05:22
  • Step 15: Analysis of Robert Lovell’s Bristol.
    06:08
  • Step 16: Tracing and Commemorating the Romantic Poets in Bristol & Beyond
    06:25
  • Step 17: Test your knowledge of Bristol’s Romantic Poets
    6 questions
  • Step 18: Summary
    00:48
  • Week 2 Introduction
    01:27
  • Step 1: The Significance of Bath to Austen’s Life
    08:49
  • Step 2: Austen and Bath, 1797-1806
    07:18
  • Step 3: Read an Extract from The Watsons
    02:35
  • Step 4: The Watsons: Learner Discussion
    00:31
  • Step 5: The Depiction of Bath in the Fiction: Northanger Abbey (Film)
    07:52
  • Step 6: Northanger Abbey and Bath: Topography and Social Custom
    07:00
  • Step 7: Read an Extract from Northanger Abbey
    02:03
  • Step 8: Northanger Abbey: Learner Discussion
    00:29
  • Step 9: Northanger Abbey Quiz
    5 questions
  • Step 10: The Depiction of Bath in the Fiction: Persuasion (Film)
    09:33
  • Step 11: Persuasion and Bath: Character and Narrative Style
    06:33
  • Step 12: Read an Extract from Persuasion
    02:03
  • Step 13: Persuasion: Learner Discussion
    00:25
  • Step 14: Persuasion Quiz
    5 questions
  • Step 15: Bath and Austen Now (Film)
    04:15
  • Step 16: Bath and Austen Now
    06:38
  • Step 17: Bath and Austen Now: Learner Discussion
    00:23
  • Step 18: Summary
    00:42
  • Week 3 Introduction
    01:32
  • Step 1: Film 1 Frankenstein and Bath
    24:17
  • Step 2: Frankenstein and Bath
    11:11
  • Step 3: Read an Extract from the “Creation” Chapter of Frankenstein
    03:38
  • Step 4: The “Creation” Chapter: Learner Discussion
    00:39
  • Step 5: Film 2 Frankenstein and Bristol
    20:59
  • Step 6: Frankenstein and Bristol
    05:46
  • Step 7: Read an Extract from the Creature’s Speech in Frankenstein
    06:40
  • Step 8: Extract from the Creature’s Speech: Learner Discussion
    00:33
  • Step 9: Test your knowledge of Mary Shelley
    5 questions
  • Step 10: ‘It lives’: Mary Shelley, Frankenstein and Science
    06:16
  • Step 11: Read an Extract from the Preface to the 1831 Edition of Frankenstein
    04:40
  • Step 12: Extract from the 1831 Preface: Learner Discussion
    00:27
  • Step 13: Test your Knowledge of Mary Shelley, Frankenstein and Science
    5 questions
  • Step 14: Commemorating Frankenstein in Bath and Bristol
    04:33
  • Step 15: Commemorating Frankenstein: Learner Discussion
    00:38
  • Step 16: Summary
    00:42
  • Week 4 Introduction
    01:28
  • Step 1: Introduction
    01:09
  • Step 2: Read ‘Domicilium’
    01:33
  • Step 3: Discuss ‘Domicilium’
    00:36
  • Step 4: Film 1: At Hardy’s Cottage
    05:15
  • Step 5: Film 2: Sturminster Newton: Riverside Cottage and the River Stour
    02:43
  • Step 6: Read ‘Overlooking the River Stour’
    01:14
  • Step 7: Analysis of ‘Overlooking the River Stour’
    01:20
  • Step 8: Film 3: The Return to Dorchester
    03:09
  • Step 9: Film 4: At ‘Max Gate’
    02:43
  • Step 10: Customary Culture and 'Old Association'
    04:06
  • Step 11: ‘Out of the Way Places’ (1)
    02:17
  • Step 12: Discuss ‘Out of the Way Places’ (1)
    00:24
  • Section 13: ‘Out of the Way Places’ (2)
    01:32
  • Step 14: Film 5: ‘Out of the Way Places’ (3): On Location at Lambert’s Castle
    04:20
  • Step 15: Social Geography and Social Transgression
    03:16
  • Step 16: Discuss Steps 11-15
    00:26
  • Step 17: Read Extracts from Tess of the D’Urbervilles, Phase the Third
    05:11
  • Step 18: Film 6: Looking towards Lower Lewell Farm (Talbothays)
    07:51
  • Step 19: Discuss this section on Tess of the D’Urbervilles
    00:27
  • Step 20: Hardy and ‘Wessex’
    00:32
  • Step 21: Read the Preface to Far From the Madding Crowd.
    03:37
  • Step 22: Discuss Hardy’s Preface to Far From the Madding Crowd
    00:19
  • Step 23: Hardy and the Invention of Wessex
    06:18
  • Step 24: Discussion
    00:16
  • Step 25: Summary
    01:19
  • Acknowledgements
    01:45
  • Questionnaire
    3 questions

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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.