English 45B

Literature in English: Late-17th through Mid-19th Century

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Fall 2005 Breitwieser, Mitchell
Breitwieser, Mitchell
MW 10-11 in 50 Birge (NOTE NEW CLASSROOM), plus one hour of discussion section per week (all sections F 10-11) 50 Birge

Other Readings and Media

Rowlandson, M.: Sovereignty and Goodness of God; Franklin, B.: Autobiography;;Defoe, D.: Robinson Crusoe;; Austen, J.: Emma; ; Wordsworth, W. and S.T. Coleridge: Lyrical Ballads and Related Writings;; Bronte, E.: Wuthering Heights;; Whitman, W.: Leaves of Grass: His Original Edition;; Douglass, F. and H. Jacobs: Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave;, and Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl;


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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