English 45B

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

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
2 Spring 2015 Tamarkin, Elisa
213 Wheeler
MW 3-4 + discussion sections F 3-4

Book List

Austen, Jane: Persuasion; Defoe, Daniel: Robinson Crusoe; Equiano, Olaudah: The Interesting Narrative of the Life; Franklin, Benjamin: The Autobiography; Melville, Herman: Benito Cereno; Pope, Alexander: Essay on Man and Other Poems; Shelley, Mary: Frankenstein; Wordsworth, William: Selected Poems


A survey of British and American literature from 1688 through the mid-nineteenth century.  We will look at how literary genres evolve alongside new kinds of knowledge and understanding, with particular attention to the changing place of literature in the private, social, and political lives of its readers.  We especially will consider literary responses to an age of revolution on both sides of the Atlantic.  Authors include Defoe, Pope, Franklin, Equiano, Jefferson, Austen, M. Shelley, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Poe, Melville, and Whitman.

Discussion Sections

201 Johnson, Sarah Jessica
F 3-4 234 Dwinelle
202 Lewis, Rachel Thayer
F 3-4 243 Dwinelle

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