English 45B

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

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Spring 2018 Tamarkin, Elisa
Lectures MW 10-11 + one hour of discussion section per week (sec. 101: F 10-11; sec. 102: F 1-2; sec. 103: Thurs. 9-10; sec. 104: Thurs. 10-11) Lectures: note new room: 145 Moffitt; disc. secs. in different locations

Book List

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


This course is an introductory survey of British and American literature from the late-seventeenth through the mid-nineteenth centuries.  We will look at how literary forms and genres adapt across this period to 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 the response of  literature to an age of revolution and to a transatlantic culture that staged encounters between rational thinking and sentimental experience, between neoclassical models and romantic sensibilities, and between the language of independence and the respect for history. 

Discussion Sections

101 Wise, Diana Catherine
F 10-11 285 Cory
102 Wise, Diana Catherine
F 1-2 2062 Valley LSB
103 Ramm, Gerard
Thurs. 9-10 301 Wheeler
104 Ramm, Gerard
Thurs. 10-11 305 Wheeler

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