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Martin Kevorkian, Chair CAL 226, Mailcode B5000, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-4991

Summer 2008

E f363K • Classic to Romantic

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
84306 MTWThF
11:30 AM-1:00 PM
PAR 101

Course Description

This course will address the cultural shift away from neo-classical values that purportedly occurred in England (and in Europe and America) from the mid-eighteenth century through early nineteenth century. We will begin by reading the work of Pope, Johnson, and Reynolds in an attempt to define neo-classicism. We will discuss the emotionally charged work of the "poets of sensibility" at mid-century and see what Jane Austen makes of the contrast between sense and sensibility in the novel of that name. We will address the gothic as both a literary movement and a cultural phenomenon while reading Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. Finally, we will survey the various "romanticisms" of Wordsworth, Coleridge, and Keats.

Grading Policy

Six quizzes, 10% each; six page essay exam, 30%; participation, 10%.


Price, ed., Restoration and Eighteenth Century; Austen, Sense and Sensibility; Mary Shelley, Frankenstein; course packet.


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