H6 7/9-8/15 CAC TTH 6:00-10:00 PM 04328 DIABY SC-201
This course fulfills the 18th or 19th Century requirement
The aesthetic movement known as “Romanticism” swept across Europe in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, bringing with it new ideas of literature, music, and the arts. But its reach extended well beyond that: present day thoughts on “Humanity” and “Nature” are deeply indebted to Romantic thinkers and artists. In this class, we will explore these two concepts as they take shape throughout the Romantic period while also grappling with their continued influence on our contemporary moment. Our main questions are: what does it mean to be “human” and what, exactly, is “nature” and the “natural?” Topics will range from consciousness, political revolution, and love to the environment, gender, and slavery. Authors include Jane Austen, Olaudah Equiano, Mary and Percy Shelley, and others.
Course requirements: weekly reading responses, participation, and a short paper and proposal.