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Traynor F Iii Hansen
ENGL 330
Seattle Campus

English Literature: The Romantic Age

Literary, intellectual, and historical ferment of the period from the French Revolution to the 1830s. Readings from major authors in different literary forms; discussions of critical and philosophical issues in a time of change.

Class description

This course takes as its focus the work of the major English poets and novelists from 1790-1830. We will look at how these writers engaged with contemporary politics, religion, and aesthetic theory in a spirit of competition and collaboration. Expect to read poetry (mostly short poems) by Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron, Shelley, and Keats. We will also read three novels: Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus, and Thomas Love Peacock’s Nightmare Abbey. Contemporary texts will give a glimpse of how other writers—essayists and reviewers who were less famous, perhaps, in the long view of Romanticism—were reading the poets and also weighing in on the issues at stake.

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Class assignments and grading

Grading will consist of a weekly short informal writing, a formal essay, and midterm and final exams. A good grade in this class requires regular attendance and consistent in–class engagement.


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 Traynor F Iii Hansen
Date: 11/08/2013