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The 1790s: British Literature and Culture
ENGL 226
Spring 2011 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.

Essential Capabilities: None
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA ENGL
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ENGL)(ENGL-Literature)

Last Updated on APR-15-2024
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