E 363K • Classic To Romantic-W
1:00 PM-2:00 PM
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 spend a good deal of time discussing 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 then read two bizarre and sensational gothic novels, Matthew Lewis's The Monk and Mary Shelleys Frankenstein, interspersed with romantic poetry deriving from the gothic. Finally, we will survey the various romanticisms of Wordsworth, Coleridge, and Keats.
Two 5-page essays, 25% each; three 2-page memos, 30%; one revision memo, 10; participation, 10%.
Price, ed., Restoration and Eighteenth Century Austen, Sense and Sensibility M. Lewis, The Monk M. Shelley, Frankenstein Course packet