ENG554 201602 Graduate

Term: 
Winter 2017
Course: 
ENG554
Applies To: 
Graduate
Sections: 
Title: 
English Romantic Writers: What is Romanticism?
Instructors: 

Forest Pyle

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  • Title: Professor
  • Phone: 541-346-3928
  • Office: 270 PLC
  • Office Hours: Spring term: MWF 2-3
Department Section Description: 

This is a question which has no single or ultimate answer given that there seem to be as many answers as there are “askers.” There is, however, a rich and complex body of literature and critical commentary to which we assign the adjective “Romantic.” I’ve organized our readings of some of the principal writers of the period thematically rather than chronologically. I believe this offers us a better way to explore in a single term the conceptual issues posed by these texts and their resonance in subsequent periods. Our principal project will be the close reading and discussion of some of the most important and influential texts within that “tradition,” from William Blake through Emily Bronte. We will consider the various historical, biographical, philosophical, political, and aesthetic contexts of British Romantic literature, but our primary focus will be on the texts themselves and on the theoretical and cultural responses to Romanticism.

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