Enlightenment to Modernism: British Literature, 1780-1900|
This course offers an introduction to modern British literature and culture, with an emphasis on the ways in which literary form responds to and shapes the movements of history. We begin with the emergence in the late 18th century of two new literary forms with substantial debts to the Enlightenment--the novel and Romantic poetry--and trace the development of these genres in the hands of later writers, from George Eliot's panoramic depiction of a small city at a moment of profound historical, social, and economic transformation to Thomas Hardy's portrait of a single young woman whose story is at once utterly individual and reflective of human experience; from Robert Browning's repudiation of Romantic confession to Oscar Wilde's definition of art as artifice, or "lying." Central themes include changing concepts of personhood; the relation among science, nature, and faith; the politics of class and gender; the tension between the language of everyday life and the language of literature; and the role of art in a rapidly changing, chaotic, and often exhilarating modern world.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ENGL)(ENGL-Brit Lit)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Jane Austen, EMMA; George Eliot, MIDDLEMARCH; Thomas Hardy, TESS OF THE D'URBERVILLES; poems by
William Blake, William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, John Keats, Percy Shelley, Alfred Tennyson, Matthew Arnold, Robert Browning, Christina Rossetti, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Oscar Wilde, and others; works by David Hume, John Locke, Samuel Johnson, Charles Dickens, and Walter Pater.
|Examination and Assignments: |
Midterm and final exams; two short (4-5p.) essays.
|Instructor(s): Weiner,Stephanie Kuduk Times: .M.W.F. 10:00AM-10:50AM; Location: TBA|
|Total Enrollment Limit: 48||SR major: 3||JR major: 3|| || |
|Seats Available: 3||GRAD: 0||SR non-major: 3||JR non-major: 3||SO: 18||FR: 18|