The 1790s: British Literature and Culture|
Spring 2008 not offered
The course is an introduction to British literature written during the 1790s, focusing on reading literary texts in historical context. Our narrow time-frame will allow us to build a rich understanding of conversations carried out in literature among writers and between writers and their historical moment. We will address several main themes: (1) literary responses to the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars; (2) individualism and interiority; (3) the "rise of the novel"; (4) Romanticism (including issues such as the relation between nature and the imagination; formal innovation; the self, emotion, memory, and lyric poetry; and political literature); and (5) political economy, culture, and society. Our central course materials are literary texts--novels, poetry, drama, and aesthetic theory. In relation to these texts, we will also examine paintings and 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)
Poetry by Blake, Coleridge, Wordsworth, and others.
Austen, SENSE AND SENSIBILITY
Prose by Smith, Burke, Radcliffe, Godwin; and much more.
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Two essays (5 p.), midterm and final exams. This course also carries a research option.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course satisfies the English Department's Pre-1800 requirement and research option for honors candidates. Pre-requisite overrides will be granted to students with any 200-level English course. There is very little overlap between this course and ENGL288: Romantic Poetry. Some texts, such as TINTERN ABBEY, are read in both courses but in very different contexts.
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