Formalism, Ethics, and Aesthetics: Victorian Poetry and the Modern World|
This course has two main objectives: first, to provide an intensive introduction to Victorian poetry; second, to examine the ways in which Victorian poetry responded to, contested, refashioned, and defied theories of the aesthetic--of the relations among art, the social good, truth, beauty, and value--that were themselves undergoing change and debate during the Victorian era (1830s-1900s): Romanticism, utilitarianism, anti-utilitarianism, ethical aesthetics, "objective" poetry, and aestheticism. Through readings in aesthetic theory, examinations of related visual arts, and most especially sustained and rigorous close readings of poetry, we will explore the diversity and depth of Victorian poets' engagement with the artistic, social, and political landscape of Britain in the 19th century.
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|Course Format: Lecture/Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Prerequisites: ENGL201 OR ENGL288 OR ENGL226
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Tennyson, Robert Browning, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Arnold, Wilde, Morris, Swinburne, Christina Rossetti, Dante Rossetti, Hopkins, Hardy, and others.
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Research paper (25 p.); class participation.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Pre-requisite overrides will be granted to students with any 200-level course in poetry or poetics. This course fulfills the English department's research requirement for senior thesis writers.
|Instructor(s): Weiner,Stephanie Kuduk Times: .M.W... 02:40PM-04:00PM; Location: BTFDA414; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 30||SR major: 9||JR major: 9|| || |
|Seats Available: 22||GRAD: 0||SR non-major: 1||JR non-major: 1||SO: 10||FR: X|
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