English | Romantic Literature
L332 | 1891 | Bernhardt-kabisch


9:30a-10:45a TR (30) 3 cr.

After two hundred years, the cultural epoch and "second
Renaissance" we call Romanticism remains a seminal, if not
uncontested, ideological and aesthetic legacy, fascinating in its
essential modernity and continued relevance as well as its
imaginative brilliance and historical influence. As the major
watershed between the old order and the new, the response to an
age of both revolution (political, industrial, intellectual, sexual) and
romance, and a quest for both spiritual autonomy and ecological
wholeness ("Green Romanticism"), the Romantic Movement not
only was ahead of its time but is still of ours.

We will concentrate on the six "major" poets, Blake, Wordsworth,
Coleridge, Byron, Shelley, and Keats, but will also take notice of
such important women writers as Mary Wollstonecraft and her
daughter Mary Shelley, Charlotte Smith, and Letitia Landon, as
well as of prominent prose writers like Lamb, Hazlitt, and De
Quincey. Our texts will be David Perkins, ENGLISH ROMANTIC
WRITERS, 2nd ed. (Harcourt Brace) and Mary Shelley's
FRANKENSTEIN (Penguin). Students will sit for two exams (ca.
45%) and write two or three papers (no group projects) (ca. 35%).
Classes will consist of informal lectures and discussion,
participation in which will count for ca. 20%. There will also be
some slide presentations and musical enhancements.