01 T3,4 CAC 05404 YOUSEF SC-202
Amid revolutions, political unrest, and rapid industrial and economic change, the Romantic era was a time of tumult and change. New ideas about the nature of the self, about human rights, the nature of community, as well as a distinctly modern concept of the imagination arise in response to the challenges of this pivotal historical moment. This course will examine the richly varied forms of literature and aesthetic innovation that characterize this period and continue to shape ideas of creativity, selfhood, and social transformation. We will pay particular attention to the psychological landscape that emerges in literary works that are at once contending with an unstable political and social world, and also addressing more intimate concerns of love, loss, memory, and desire. Writers to be studied include William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Anna Barbauld, Percy and Mary Shelley, and John Keats.
Requirements: Written work (weekly, in-class response papers); graded essays; class participation and attendance; midterm; take-home final exam.