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Sarah N Terry
ENGL 230
Seattle Campus

English Literary Culture: After 1800

British literature in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Study of literature in its cultural context, with attention to changes in form, content, and style.

Class description

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

Recommended preparation

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.


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.
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Last Update by Sarah N Terry
Date: 03/11/2008