Formalism, Ethics, and Aesthetics: Victorian Poetry and the Modern World|
Fall 2007 not offered
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|
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Tennyson, Robert Browning, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Arnold, Wilde, Morris, Swinburne, Christina Rossetti, Dante Rossetti, Hopkins, and others.
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Ten very short (1 p.) close reading essays; one final paper (10-12 p.); class participation.
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