English | Romantic Literature
L332 | 11936 | Nick Williams

Nick Williams

11936 - 10:10a-11:00a (30 students) 3 cr., A&H.

The British Romantic period (1789-1832) is one that saw revolutions
in both literary sensibilities and sociopolitical structures.  On
the literary side, it signals an explosion of cultural activity of
an entirely new variety (particularly in the poetic genres).  Among
the poets and novelists whose careers fall in this period are
William Blake (1757-1827), Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-1798), William
Wordsworth (1770-1850), Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834), Jane
Austen (1775-1817), Lord Byron (1788-1824), Percy Shelley (1792-
1822), John Keats (1795-1821) and Mary Shelley (1797-1851).  In
social and political developments, England felt the cataclysmic
shocks of the French Revolution (beginning in 1789 with the storming
of the Bastille), among whose effects must be numbered the pressure
for increased democratization (leading to the vote for adult
property-owning males in 1832) and the abolition of the slave trade
in England (1807).  Weíll consider the interactions of these
revolutions by looking at texts by many of the authors listed above,
including one novel by Jane Austen (Iím leaning towards Pride and
Prejudice) and one gothic novel I havenít decided upon.  Assignments
will include 2 essays, a mid-term and a final.