English | Romantic Literature
L332 | 1237 | Bernhardt
8:55a-10:10a D (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 in some respects is still ahead of ours.
Given the time constraints of the session, we will limit our study to the
six "major" poets--Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron, Shelley, and
Keats. Our text will be David Perkins, ENGLISH ROMANTIC WRITERS, 2nd ed.
(Harcourt Brace). Students will sit for two exams (ca. 50%) and write two
short papers (ca. 30%). Classes will consist of informal lectures and
discussion, participation in which will count for ca. 20%.