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

Fall 2005

E 363K • Classic to Romantic (CANCELLED)

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
33395 MW
5:00 PM-6:30 PM
PAR 204

Course Description

In this class we will take a cue (and some subject matter besides) from Art History, and view classicism and romanticism as loose but coherent stylistic systems that can each be traced in works from the era which the other names.

To this end, we will read forward chronologically, and yet move, however perversely, from Romantic to Classic. We will start by looking at the legacies of romance epic in late seventeenth century texts by Aphra Behn and Samuel Butler, among others. Then we will bring Augustan classicism into focus, by reading Alexander Pope, by examining Jonathan Swift's role in "The Battle of the Books"--the controversy over the relative value of ancient and modern texts--and by looking at the art and aesthetics of Joshua Reynolds. Further considering the interplay of classicism and romanticism in the eighteenth century, we will treat the paintings, prints, prose and poetry of William Hogarth, John Flaxman, and William Blake, the craze for the purportedly Celtic epics of Ossian, and romantic treatments of Horatian and Virgilian forms by James Thomson, John Dyer, Charlotte Smith, and William Wordsworth. We will conclude by treating the renovation of neoclassical form accomplished by that most individualistic of poets, Lord Byron.

Grading Policy

Three 5-page papers 50%
Several one-page response papers 10%
Attendance and participation 40%




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