The 1790s: Poetry, Painting, and the Novel After the French Revolution|
The course is an introduction to British literature and art of the 1790s. Our narrow time frame will allow us to build a rich understanding of conversations carried out among artists and between artists and their historical moment. We will address several main themes: (1) responses to the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars; (2) individualism and interiority; (3) the sublime, the beautiful, and the picturesque; (4) the sketch, immediacy, and craft; (5) the relation among nature, human experience, and imagination; and (6) political economy and emerging ideas about society. Our central course materials are paintings and literary texts. In relation to these works, we will also examine political and philosophical writings from the period.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ENGL)(ENGL-Literature)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Jane Austen, SENSE AND SENSIBILITY and excerpts from other works of fiction.
Poems by William Blake, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Charlotte Smith, William Wordsworth, and others.
Paintings by John Constable, Thomas Girtin,and others.
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Several ungraded short papers, two essays (4-5 p.), midterm and final exams.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course satisfies the English Department's Literary History II requirement for the major, and the Research Option requirement for senior thesis writers, and it contributes to the British Lit concentration requirement.
|Instructor(s): Weiner,Stephanie Kuduk Times: ..T.R.. 02:40PM-04:00PM; Location: FISK302; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 48||SR major: 14||JR major: 14|| || |
|Seats Available: 10||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 4||JR non-major: 4||SO: 12||FR: 0|
|Web Resources: Syllabus |
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