English 45B

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

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
2 Spring 2005 Breitwieser, Mitchell
Breitwieser, Mitchell
MW 3-4, plus one hour of discussion section per week (all sections F 3-4) 3 LeConte

Other Readings and Media

Rowlandson, M.: Sovereignty and Goodness of God; Franklin, B.: Autobiography; Swift, J.: Gulliver's Travels; 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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