The 1790s: Poetry, Painting, and the Novel After the French Revolution|
Spring 2013 not offered
The course is an introduction to British literature and art of the 1790s. Our narrow time frame will allow us to build a rich understanding of conversations carried out among artists and between artists and their historical moment. We will address several main themes: (1) responses to the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars; (2) individualism and interiority; (3) the sublime, the beautiful, and the picturesque; (4) the sketch, immediacy, and craft; (5) the relation among nature, human experience, and imagination; and (6) political economy and emerging ideas about society. Our central course materials are paintings and literary texts. In relation to these works, we will also examine 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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