English 45B

Literature in English: Late-17 th Through the Mid-19 th Century

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
2 Spring 2008 Breitwieser, Mitchell
Breitwieser, Mitchell
MW 3-4, Section F 3-4 3 LeConte

Other Readings and Media

Mary Rowlandson: Sovereignty and Goodness of God; Daniel Defoe: Robinson Crusoe; Benjamin Franklin: Autobiography; Alexander Pope: Essay on Man and Other Poems; Jane Austen: Emma; William Wordsworth: The Major Works: Including The Prelude; Emily Bronte: Wuthering Heights ; Frederick Douglass: Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave


I will lecture on the cataclysmic rise of bourgeois modernity as it registers in English and American literature during the period 1660-1860. I will emphasize the mixture of euphoria, wonder, deprivation and anxiety that this transformation provokes, and I will concentrate on the Enlightenment and Romanticism as attempts to exploit historical opportunity while compensating for history�s deficiencies. Two five-page essays, a final exam, and regular participation in lecture and discussion section will be required.

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