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Michael Stoff, Director 305 East 23rd St, CLA 2.102, (G3600) Austin, TX 78712-1250 • 512-471-1442

Fall 2004

T C 301 • Representing Britain, 1660-1832—W

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
42105 TTh
2:00 PM-3:30 PM
PAR 308

Course Description

This course will introduce students to the advanced study of the relationship between art and society through a series of case studies in how Britons represented their land, their state, and their culture across the long eighteenth century. We will analyze poetry and prose by Defoe, Pope, Goldsmith, Barbauld, Owenson, and Scott; pictures by Lely, Hogarth, Reynolds, Gainsborough, Romney, and Turner; and a variety of other artifacts from the period that saw the union of England with Scotland and Ireland, the turmoil of the Glorious Revolution, the Jacobite rebellions, and endless wars with France, the industrial revolution, and the establishment of Britain’s maritime empire. By grappling with how works of literary and visual art represented their society, we will learn a great deal about early modern Britain, while mastering some basic terms and methods for the study of artistic representations. To help ground this new knowledge in the material history of the arts, we will visit various museums and archives around campus, among them the HRC, the PCL map room, and the Blanton’s print cabinet.

About the Professor Since joining the UT faculty in the fall of 2001, Samuel Baker has taught courses in British Romanticism--covering such authors as William Wordsworth, Walter Scott, and Jane Austen--as well as seminars on landscape representation, travel writing, and the modern fortunes of the epic. Professor Baker is writing a book about British Romantic writers and the sea, in which he argues that the Romantics envisioned the idea of universal culture within imaginative horizons fundamentally shaped by their experience of maritime empire.

Grading Policy

This course contains a substantial writing component. Requirements will include short “response” papers, student presentations, and quiz-like in-class writing assignments (30% of final grade); two 5-page papers (10% each); a final exam (20%); and attendance and participation (30% taken together).


Hobbes, Leviathan Defoe, A Tour Around the Whole Isle of Great Britain Pope, “Windsor-Forest”; Goldsmith, “The Deserted Village”; Wordsworth, “Michael”; Barbauld, “1811” Owenson, The Wild Irish Girl Scott, Rob Roy


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