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

Spring 2005

E 329L • Later Romantic Period, 1815-1832

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
32190 TTh
11:00 AM-12:30 PM
MEZ 2.124
COOPER

Course Description

In the poets Keats, Percy Shelley, and Byron, in the essayists Hazlitt, Lamb, and DeQuincey, and in novelists such as Mary Shelley and James Hogg, early nineteenth-century Romanticism reaches its fullest and strangest flowering. This course concentrates on themes and developments in the work of the three major poets of this period, which runs roughly from Napoleon’s defeat at the gates of Moscow in 1812 to the passage of the Reform Bill in 1832. In their poems and letters, we will examine Romantic concepts of self and self-consciousness, their roots in the “associationist” psychology of the period, and the transcendence of selfhood provided by the sublime, the supernatural, and by poetry itself. In the novels by Mary Shelley and Hogg, we will see how the authors employ a range of different, often conflicting styles of representation in order to question the received wisdom concerning God and man, nature and society – although their own moral and political views remain difficult to define. Of particular interest is the critical eye with which Keats, the Shelleys, and Byron regard their Romantic precursor, Wordsworth, and the idea of poetry as spontaneous self-expression.

Grading Policy

Three 4-5-page essays; two 2-3-page close-readings

Attendance: The University requires you to attend all classes. If you do miss a class, you are responsible for finding out what went on that day, what assignments were given, what handouts were distributed, etc.

Texts

Keats: Selected Poems and Letters, ed. Douglas Bush (Houghton)
Shelley's Poetry and Prose, ed. Donald Reiman and Sharon B. Powers (Norton)
Byron, ed. Jerome McGann (Oxford Authors)
Mary Shelley, Frankenstein, ed. Harold Bloom (NAL)
James Hogg, Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner, ed. Wain (Penguin)
Coleridge, ed. J. R. Jackson (Oxford Authors)
Prose of the Romantic Period, ed. Carl Woodring (Houghton)
Optional: Romanticism and Consciousness, ed. Harold Bloom (Norton)

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