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Thomas Frank Lockwood
ENGL 212
Seattle Campus

Literature, 1700-1900

Introduces eighteenth- and nineteenth-century literature, focusing on representative works that illustrate literary and intellectual developments of the period. Topics include: exploration, empire, colonialism, slavery, revolution, and nation-building. Offered: AWSp.

Class description

This course offers a survey of some major literary texts and themes of the British eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, from the classical period of social comedy in works like Gulliver’s Travels or Pride and Prejudice, through the inward lyrical voyaging of the Romantic movement (think Wordsworth, Keats) to the complex outlook of Victorians like Dickens and Oscar Wilde. There is a bright mountain of great reading in these two centuries but we get only ten weeks, so will focus on works that trace the conflict between social forms and individual liberty—between responsibility to society and responsibility to self. Short response papers, quizzes, two exams, group work. Questions? Write me at

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Lecture/discussion, with group work.

Recommended preparation

This course does not assume previous experience in university-level literature courses, but there is a significance reading load and students are expected to be able to concentrate effectively on reading and understanding texts from earlier historical periods.

Class assignments and grading

Response papers (as a unit), quizzes (as a unit), each exam (of two), group work and participation (as a unit) each count about 1/5.

The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Thomas Frank Lockwood
Date: 06/13/2013