English 45B

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

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
2 Spring 2013 Breitwieser, Mitchell
MW 3-4 + discussion sections F 3-4 2 LeConte

Book List

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


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.

Discussion Sections

201 Cordes Selbin, Jesse
F 3-4 175 Barrows
202 Langione, Matt
F 3-4 174 Barrows
203 Hsu, Sharon
F 3-4 136 Barrows

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