Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron, Shelley, and Keats are often called the “Big Six” of Romanticism. Our course will include these traditional canonical writers but will also include many of the other literary figures who were their contemporaries and who were also prominent writers. Readings will include poetry, short drama, political treatises and novels written during the period with an emphasis on the texts’ sociopolitical content. We will explore many of the political, cultural, and social movements that shaped the writing of the period; We will discuss key political developments during the period, especially the French Revolution, the movement for women’s rights and the rise of Britain as a colonial power.
Students will learn to:
Broadview Anthology of English Romanticism
Edgeworth, Maria. Castle Rackrent and Ennui, Penguin Edition
Austen, Jane. Emma (packaged with the anthology)
Strongly Recommended:A Writer’s Handbook such as the Little Brown Handbook
Response Papers (3) 30%
Quizzes, Class Activities,
Short Responses 15%
Contextual Research Paper 30%
F: 0-59, D: 60-69, C: 70-79, B: 80-89, A: 90-100
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Grades are not negotiable. Your final course grade will be based on your work in the course. If you are concerned about a grade, see me during office hours.