English 246G

Graduate Pro-seminar: Romantic Period

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Fall 2017 Langan, Celeste
TTh 12:30-2 186 Barrows


Book List:  Austen, J., Lady Susan; Blake, W. Complete Poetry and Prose;  Burke, Reflections on the Revolution in France;  Byron, Lord Byron: The Major Works; Coleridge, S.T., Major Works; Godwin, Caleb Williams; Hazlitt, W., The Fight and Other Writings;  Keats, J. Major Works; Scott, W., Waverley; Shelley, M., History of a Six Weeks' Tour; Shelley, P.B., Shelley's Poetry and Prose; WIlliams, H.M., Letters from France; Wordsworth, D., Grasmere and Alfoxden Journals; Wordsworth, W., Major Works.

Other Readings and Media:  A course reader with critical texts from T. Adorno, H. Arendt, W. Benjamin, M. Dolar, P. de Man, J. Fabian, G.W.F. Hegel, F. Kittler, R. Koselleck, J. Lacan, F. Nietzsche, C. Schmitt, and others. 

This course on the Romantic “period” will consider concepts of time as they are imagined, experienced, represented in some characteristic genres: song, prophecy, lyrical ballad, romance, fragment, travel narrative, essay, letter, autobiography, historical novel, periodical review. How do Romantic writers understand time’s periodicity—crisis, presence, afterwardsness, ephemerality, wartime, deep time? What relation might such categories have to an emergent concept of “voice” as something distinct from what is said, written, prescribed-- from “law”?

Students will be responsible for two short essays (2-4 pages) to be circuluated for discussion and a final paper (15-17 pages).

This course satisfies the Group 4 (19th Century) requirement.

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