Sarah N Terry
British literature in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Study of literature in its cultural context, with attention to changes in form, content, and style.
Writers on Writing. This course is meant to be a survey of the literature and culture of a period that spans over 200 years, from Romanticism to the Victorian Age to our own present moment. In order to make such a survey more manageable, we will focus our study on a series of texts that ask a similar question: What makes "good" literature? In order to grapple with that question, we will divide our time between close readings of fiction and investigations of these texts' cultural and historical contexts. In all of the literature we read together, we will focus on the social, political, and philosophical implications of writing as they change from the Romantic to the Modern periods. Along the way, we will read accompanying works of literary criticism by authors of fiction themselves, who all grapple with the possibilities of literature as representative of human experience.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
English 104/105, 111, 121, or 131
Class assignments and grading
Course requirements include a demanding reading schedule, short reading responses, active in-class participation, a group presentation, reading response papers, a midterm paper, and a final paper. Writing requirements will include bi-weekly 1-page responses, and two 5-7 page analytical papers. This course fulfills both VLPA and W credits.