Fall 2011 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
The course focuses on the most revolutionary literary movement in the history of British literature, Romanticism. From conceptions of the ideal personality of the artist (tortured, misunderstood, a dreamer, and in some cases an abuser of illicit substances) to notions about what makes a poem or novel aesthetically valuable to beliefs about the role of art in transforming society, the ideas behind Romanticism remain, today, a vital part of our aesthetic debates. While readings will include the "Big Six" poets of British Romanticism (Wordsworth, Coleridge, Blake, P. Shelley, Keats, and Byron), the course also reflects recent shifts in our definition of Romanticism, particularly the Gothic novel (Lewis, Mary Shelley) and other prose fiction (Edgeworth, Austen).
Norton Anthology of English Literature: The Romantic Period (8th edition).
Lewis, The Monk
Shelley, M. Frankenstein
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
Major paper, two presentations, mid-term and final.