Fall 2013 - 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, Dacre, Mary Shelley) and other prose fiction (Austen, Hogg). We will also pay particular attention to how films about the British Romantics reflect and shape our attitudes towards them.
Norton Anthology of English Literature: The Romantic Period (9th edition).
Lewis, The Monk
Austen, Pride and Prejudice
Shelley, M. Frankenstein
Hogg, Confessions of a Justified Sinner
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
Major paper, one presentation, mid-term and final.