Course Description: This class will attempt to provide a comprehensive introduction to British literature written around the turn of the nineteenth century. We'll take a multi-dimensional view of this body of literature by asking all kinds of questions about "Place." For example, What place does the study of Romantic literature have in the study of literature in general? What aspects of literary composition place some writing in the category of Romantic literature?
Course Description and Objectives: Romanticism was a literary age marked by a series of revolutions: the Industrial Revolution, the American Revolution, the French Revolution, Wollstonecraft's "revolution in female manners," and revolutionary efforts to redefine self, identity, consciousness, and visionary experience.
Course Description: The recent publication of many major Romantic-era literary manuscripts in digital form has greatly expanded the possibilities for engagement with archival materials (materials that are typically held in special collections, in the US and the UK, and accessible only to senior experts in the field). In this course, we will closely read and interpret a range of these digital manuscripts to ask a series of questions about them, including: What can we learn -- about literary history, authorship, and the texts themselves -- by studying original manuscripts?