ENGLISH 451 - Studies in Literature, 1600-1830
Fall 2020, Section 001 - British Romantic Poetry
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  Online (see other Sections below)
Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
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This course is designed as an introduction to the poetry of the Romantic period in Britain (1798-1832). “Romanticism” is a period-concept (a way of making sense of the family resemblances among a set of diverse works) and it emerged from generations of both scholarly and general thinking about the distinctiveness of the literary output of these years. We’re as interested in the period-concept as we are in the literature that it sought to describe. Because the privileged genre in that concept is poetry, we too put that front and center. And, because William Wordsworth and (to a lesser but significant extent), Samuel Taylor Coleridge figure within that period-concept as exemplary, we devote the first half of the term to these two writers, finding in their poetry and non-fiction prose the terms and topics that organized understanding of the work of Keats, Shelley, and Byron (the so-called “second-generation poets”). We will focus on the formal innovations of the poetry as the means by which certain philosophical and broadly political projects were conducted. The emergence of the aesthetic as a distinctive set of values and practices designed to do the work of cultural reform at the level of individual consciousness and feeling will be taken as coterminous with the topic of Romanticism itself. We’ll read a few canonical works of literary criticism from the mid-to late 20th century, and for the final paper, I’ll ask you to find, report on, and use a piece of contemporary scholarship on one of the works that we’ve read.

Course Requirements:


Two five-page papers

One research-paper

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Online-only students are welcome!

Class Format:

Exams: Synchronous and Online

Lectures: Synchronous and Online

Class Discussions: Synchronous and Online


ENGLISH 451 - Studies in Literature, 1600-1830
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