ENGL479P - Romanticism and Gothic Literature

An in-depth study of the relation between the gothic genre and British Romantic writing. Characterized by brooding atmospherics, supernatural occurrences, and aberrant psychologies, the gothic has always been thematically and historically associated with British Romanticism, or "beauty in strangeness" as Pater famously put it. We will thus spend much of the course reading the novels, poems, and plays of Godwin, Blake, Coleridge, Wordsworth, De Quincey, Byron, Keats, Austen, M. Shelley, and P. Shelley. But we will also study British texts just prior to and after the Romantic period (The Castle of Otranto and Jane Eyre) as well as works of authors who were both contemporaneous with and separate from high Romantic writing (Radcliffe and Dacre). Course requirements: short papers, a research paper, and a final exam.


Two English courses in literature or permission of department.