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ENGL 431 1G - Topics in British Romantic Lit

Campus: Urbana-Champaign


Focused study of British literature between roughly 1785 and 1832. Authors may include Wollstonecraft, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Keats, Byron, Austen and others. Course Information: 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite: One year of college literature or consent of instructor.

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ENGL 431 Topics in British Romantic Literature. Spring 2021. The Gothic and the Romantic. - Now that the Romantic era is two hundred years old, it has started to look like a respectable part of literary tradition. But at the time, writers like Anne Radcliffe and Lord Byron were engaged in literary experiments that seemed sensational and shocking. Genres that remain important in our own era (from Gothic romance to science fiction) first stirred to life in these lurid experiments. This course will study the sensational side of British Romantic literature, and try to understand its legacy in popular fiction. Readings may include Radcliffe, The Romance of the Forest, Austen, Northanger Abbey, Shelley, Frankenstein, Bronte, Jane Eyre, Tolkien, -On Fairy Stories,- and Clarke, Piranesi, along with selections from the poetry of Wordsworth, Coleridge, Keats, and Byron.

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Number of Required Visit(s): 0

Course Level: Graduate

Credit: 4

Term(s): Spring


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