ENGLISH 451 - Studies in Literature, 1600-1830
Section: 001 The Lunatic, the Lover, and the Poet
Term: WN 2014
Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
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This course studies an astounding and relatively abrupt change in Western culture. In the course of a century or so, attention in the arts shifted from a concept of the poet as the singer of the rule of order and the order of the ruler—whether God or a human surrogate—to one in which the “poet is a nightingale who sits in darkness and sings to cheer its own solitude.” Or so Shelley defines the poet in one of his or her manifestations. In large terms, emphasis shifted from freshness in the expression of rational insight to richness and power of imagination, from the supposed centre of human experience to locations and people previously considered subordinate or even marginal.

Works we shall study will include poetry, novels, painting, and music, with major emphasis, though, on the arts of words.

Among other writers and artists, we shall read Pope, Gray, Goethe, Blake, Rousseau, Coleridge, Wordsworth, Shelley, Fusseli, Charlotte Brontë, and Emily Brontë.

Course Requirements:

Consistent attendance and participation in discussion is expected. Students will submit two essays of modest length (6-8 pp. each); maintain a reading journal/commonplace book; and sit a midterm and a final examination.

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ENGLISH 451 - Studies in Literature, 1600-1830
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001 (REC)
MWF 2:00PM - 3:00PM
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