English 250lp. Romantic Literature and Politics

Instructor: James Engell
Terms: Fall Term

Wednesdays, 1-3 pm | Location: Barker 269

Poetry, prose, and criticism linked with political theory, practice, and events.  From Burke to First Reform Act (1832) and Abolition of Slavery (1834).  Blake, Wollstonecraft, Shelley, Coleridge, Bentham, Austen, Godwin, Wordsworth, Byron, More, and others.  Ancillary reading in history and political documents.  Recent scholarship.  Common materials plus individual research and reports.  Possibility of American authors, e.g., Wheatley, Brown, Irving, Cooper, B. Alcott, Hawthorne.  General topics:   enfranchisement, empire, the poor, revolutions and war, corruption, the nature of freedom, slavery, church and state.

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