ENG650 201701 Graduate

Fall 2017
ENG 650
Applies To: 
19th-Century Literature: [Topic]

Forest Pyle

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  • Title: Professor
  • Phone: 541-346-3928
  • Office: 270 PLC
  • Office Hours: S20 Phone-in/chat hours: ENG 395 TR 12-1:30; ENG 419/519 TR 4-5:30
Department Section Description: 

This seminar will explore nineteenth-century British culture as an extended response to the following question: how does this historical period — one that includes cultural forms we call Romantic as well as those we classify as Victorian — become the epoch of feeling? To respond to this question we will pose another one: why and how is “feeling” (or emotion or sensibility or affect) principally represented as — or in –“images”? From the agitations of William Blake through the provocations of Oscar Wilde, we will explore the period’s cultural representations of feeling through the medium of the image.  If nineteenth-century British culture epitomizes the very “image of feeling,” is this the result of a fundamentally affective dimension of the literary and visual image?  To address these questions, we will read poets (Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron, Keats, Percy Shelley, Hopkins, Dante and Christina Rossetti), novelists (Austen, Mary Shelley, and Emily Bronte), essayists (Wordsworth, Percy Shelley, Pater, Wilde), and a playwright (Wilde). And we will look at paintings and photographs of the period, especially pictures by Blake and the Pre-Raphaelites. To frame these questions and to measure their “afterlives,” we will read some influential treatments of “feeling” and the “image” in contemporary literary and film theory (Benjamin, Barthes, Badiou, Berlant, Brinkema, Copjec, Doane, Mulvey, Ranciere).