ENGL312 - Romantic to Modern British Literature

Detailed study of selected major texts from the 19th and 20th centuries Transitions from Romanticism to Victorian age to Modernism. Historical, social, literary contexts. Issues such as rise of democracy; industrial revolution; the "woman question"; revolutions in literary form. Authors might include Wordsworth, Austen, Dickens, Arnold, T.S. Eliot, and Woolf.

This course will examine shifting ideas of literature through the Romantic, Victorian, and Modern periods. We will study changes in aesthetic sensibilities and cultural/political contexts from the end of the eighteenth century up through the beginning of the twentieth. Readings will be short (roughly 50 to 100 pages per week) but will require serious attention. Authors will include Wordsworth, Keats, Tennyson, Barrett Browning, Dickens, Wilde, T. S. Eliot, Woolf, and others.  Students will take regular quizzes on the readings, engage in online discussion groups, and write three short (3-page) essays, in addition to taking a final exam.