The 1790s: British Literature and Culture|
Fall 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.
This is a writing-intensive course.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ENGL)(ENGL-Literature)
Jane Austen, SENSE AND SENSIBILITY; Ann Radcliffe, THE MYSTERIES OF UDOLPHO;
Poems by William Blake, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Charlotte Smith, William Wordsworth, 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. Pre-requisite overrides will be granted to students with any 200-level English course.
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