Romanticism, Criticism, Theory|
Spring 2015 not offered
|Certificates: Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory|
This course offers an introduction to major trends and approaches in literary theory and criticism since World War II by way of an examination of the cultural historiography of the Romantic period. Many important theorists and critics, from new criticism to new historicism, from structuralism to poststructuralism, have also been Romanticists, and in their writings we can see how methodological and theoretical principles at once propel and are propelled by literary critical insights or questions--that is, how theory and criticism work together. This course assumes no prior knowledge of literary theory or critical schools. We will have three goals: to deepen our understanding of Romantic literature, of literary theory, and of criticism.
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|Course Format: Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
Poems by Wordsworth, Blake, Coleridge, Keats, Shelley, Clare, Burns, and others.
Works of Romantic self-definition by Wordsworth, Coleridge, Schiller, Shelley, and others.
Jane Austen, PERSUASION, and excerpts from other works of Romantic fiction by Scott, Edgeworth, and others.
Cleanth Brooks, THE WELL-WROUGHT URN; Northrup Frye, ANATOMY OF CRITICISM; M.H. Abrams, NATURAL SUPERNATURALISM; Paul de Man, THE RHETORIC OF ROMANTICISM; Jonathan Culler, THE PURSUIT OF SIGNS; Nancy Armstrong, DESIRE AND DOMESTIC FICTION; Claudia Johnson, JANE AUSTEN, POLITICS, AND THE NOVEL; Katie Trumpener, BARDIC NATIONALISM; David Bromwich, DISOWNED BY MEMORY; Richard Holmes, COLERIDGE: EARLY VISIONS
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Several very short response papers (1p.); one essay (5-6p.); final paper (7-9p.); class participation.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course fulfills the English Department's Theory requirement for the major and contributes to the British Literature and Theory & Literary Forms concentrations.
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