Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE The Pre-Raphaelites and their Circle

LEVEL 02 - Years 2, 3 in Modular Undergraduate Course



DESCRIPTION This study-unit seeks to explore the demonstrable affinities between literature and painting in the work of the Pre-Raphaelites.

This study-unit consists of a series of lectures discussing the literature associated with the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood founded in 1848 by Dante Gabriel Rossetti and his circle. The talks will include a general introduction to Pre-Raphaelite painting, using slides and illustrations, and will focus on the thematic and technical similarities and variations which exist between the painting and poetry of the Pre-Raphaelites. This will include a general overview of art and literature in England in the mid-nineteenth century.

Other topics discussed may include some or all of the following. The founding of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, its beginnings, aims, members and critical reception. John Ruskin. Thematic links between the work of the Pre-Raphaelites and Romantic poetry: Tennyson; the Nazarene painters. The poetry of Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Christina Rossetti, Algernon Charles Swinburne, and William Morris will be set for detailed study. This will be done on the basis of talks on the poetry and painting of Dante Gabriel Rossetti, his obsession with Dante and the Dolce Stil Novo poets, his life, friendships, family, relationship with father Gabriele Rossetti; Christina Rossetti’s publications in the PRB journal The Germ and influence of D.G. Rossetti; Swinburne’s friendship with PRB; the paintings and designs of William Morris, his poetry, utopian novels, and fascination with medieval romance.

Reading List:

Guides on further reading will be recommended at the start of the study-unit.


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Take Home Examination (3 Hours) SEM1 Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Petra Caruana Dingli

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