9:05a-9:55a MWF (30) 3 cr.
OPEN TO MAJORS ONLY. DECLARED MINORS OBTAIN AUTHORIZATION FROM BH
This course offers a broad sweep through literature written in
century Britain and the United States. Operating as a loose organizing
principle for our reading will be the role of passion. What is
passion? How is it represented in writing? What work does it do? What
value does it have for different writers at different moments in the
century? What are its connections to other major concerns of
nineteenth-century readers: politics, money, social order, religion,
sexuality, psychology? Though we will not be able to read all the
important literature of this period, we will most probably consider
works by Wordsworth, Austen, Byron, Longfellow, Tennyson, Dickens,
Douglass, Thoreau, Hawthorne, Melville, Hopkins, Dickinson, Whitman,
and Joyce. Class time will be divided between short lectures and group
Students will be asked to do several very short writing assignments
and three papers, along with a final exam.