English | Literatures in English 1800-1900
E303 | 2750 | Ivan Kreilkamp
E303 2750 LITERATURES IN ENGLISH 1800-1900
11:45a-1:00p D (25 students) 3 cr.
This course is designed to introduce students to a range of literary
writing in English during the nineteenth century by studying a
representative range of nineteenth-century British and American
literature. We will focus, in particular, on the tension between
the centurys veneration of ideals of reason, rationality, and
realism on the one hand, and its obsession with unreason,
irrationality, the Gothic, and the world of ghosts, fantasy, and
terror on the other. Likely authors include Emily Dickinson, Edgar
Allan Poe, Herman Melville, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Charles
Dickens, George Eliot, Charlotte Brontė, Robert Browning, Christina
Rossetti, and Henry James. Classes will alternate between lecture
and open discussion, to
which all members of the class will be expected to contribute.
Assignments will include a midterm and final exam, two or three
papers, and short Oncourse assignments.