English 190

Research Seminar: The Nineteenth-Century Self


Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
5 Fall 2010 Leibowitz, Karen D.
Leibowitz, Karen
MW 4-5:30 109 Wheeler

Other Readings and Media

Our readings will be grouped under three broad rubrics: “Lyric Subjectivity” (Romantic poets, Arnold, Hopkins), “Autobiographical Self-Fashioning” (Mill, Butler), and “Doubtful Authority” (Collins, James). These topics, however, are only starting points for our discussions, which will also cover the historical context in which our readings were produced and their relation to literary tradition.

Description

In this class, we will read the word “I” many times—in poems, novels, and memoirs. Our texts will span the nineteenth century both chronologically and tonally—from earnest self-portraiture to playful ventriloquism. In the course of the semester, we will explore the ways that nineteenth-century authors used the first person to represent selfhood, self-knowledge, and self-deception. Using the first person as a lens through which to view narrative structures, we will also develop a vocabulary for discussing literary works and rhetorical choices.

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