2:30p-3:45p MW (67) 3 cr.
OPEN TO MAJORS ONLY. DECLARED MINORS OBTAIN AUTHORIZATION FROM BH 442.
This course serves as an introduction to literature written in English in the nineteenth century, primarily in Great Britain and the United States. This is the era when literature came into its own, understanding itself increasingly as a crucial element in nation- and empire-building, and, especially in the case of the novel and lyric poem, as the culture’s primary register of individual consciousness. Accordingly, our focus during the semester will be on the role of literature in forming and responding to the politics and passion of this era. We will also consider what makes these two issues nearly inseparable in the literature of the period. Rather than a survey of all the major writers of the period, we will work at length with several representative writers. Classes will involve lectures and occasional student discussion, to which all members of the class are expected to contribute. Students will be asked to write a few short assignments and three papers, one of which will involve group work. There will be a final exam.