The 1790s: British Literature and Culture|
Spring 2009 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, 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 History II requirement for the major and the research option requirement for senior thesis writers.. 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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