In this course, we will read British literature from about 1790 to 1945, examining literary works from the Romantic, Victorian, and twentieth-century periods in an historical and cultural context, and delving into some of the significant issues and debates that characterize and inform the literature and art of these periods. Although we will move quickly through a large number of authors and texts, the strategies and skills of close reading, analysis, and interpretation that we will focus on in this course will prepare you for more intensive study of English literature.
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Introduction to English 202, Major English Writers II
Romantic Period Overview
An historical and cultural overview of the Romantic Period in Britain.
Romantic Period Characteristics
Some common characteristics of British literature during the Romantic Period.
Sublime, Beautiful, and Picturesque
A discussion of the nature of the concepts of the sublime, the beautiful, and the picturesque in late-eighteenth-century Britain.
Percy Shelley: Mont Blanc
Percy Shelley's poem, "Mont Blanc" as an example of the sublime.
Sublime Passages in the Prelude
Selected passages from Wordsworth's Prelude, in the context of the sublime.