Welcome to the Department of English at Rutgers University

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Following in the wake of the first writers in Britain who called themselves “Romantic,” the “second wave” of British Romantic writing proved both a continuation of and a departure from the influential writings of predecessors such as William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge.  Percy Shelley and Lord Byron, for example, variously pursued the radical or revolutionary initiatives initially embraced but subsequently abandoned by the early Romantics whereas John Keats used the Romantic preoccupation with a poetry of self and mind as a sanction for a more sophisticated and refined poetic idiom, whose influence continues to this day.  In addition, then, to the major poetical works of Shelley, Keats and Byron, we will read novels by Austen and Mary Shelley (Frankenstein), which register what broadly speaking is  a woman’s perspective on many of these same developments.  We will also read Thomas DeQuincey's Confessions of an English Opium Eater and other prose works by both Charles Lamb and William Hazlitt, which give another perspective, alternately critical, theoretical and at times satiric, on the Romantic movement overall.

Attendance is required; students who miss more than 3 classes without an appropriate explanation will be penalized one whole grade.  Additional missed classes will result in a further penalty of a half grade per class missed.  Students who miss 7 or more classes automatically fail the course.

The final grade will be based on written and exam work as well as class participation.

Midterm, final and long final paper.


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