English 45B

Literature in English: Late 17th- Through Mid-19th Centuries

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Spring 2011 Altieri, Charles F.
Altieri, Charles
MW 12-1 + discussion sections F 12-1 3 Le Conte

Other Readings and Media

Norton Anthology of American Literature to 1820; Norton Anthology of American Literature 1820 - 1860; Norton Anthology of English Literature: From the Restoration and the Eighteenth Century; Norton Anthology of English Literature: The Romantic Period; Dickens, C.: Great Expectations; Austen, J.: Emma


This course will offer a survey attempting to represent the most important imaginative writing in Britain and the U.S. from about 1680 to 1860. My primary interest is in providing the critical and social frameworks that will help you not only enjoy what you are reading but see why it has claims to greatness. In general this period can be characterized as the time when secular empiricism comes to dominate cultural life, and to produce a great deal of imaginative searching for ways of life less like what will come to be our own. But it is also important for the range of styles and sensibilities which it fostered.

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