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 but will require serious attention. Authors will include Wordsworth, Keats, Tennyson, Barrett Browning, Dickens, Wilde, T. S. Eliot, Woolf, and others. The class will be structured around a series of asynchronous online lectures, followed by student group responses that will take the form of virtual discussions; students will take regular quizzes on the readings, and write three short (3-page) essays, in addition to taking a final exam.