ENGL 330 A: English Literature: The Romantic Age

Meeting Time: 
TTh 12:30pm - 2:20pm
SMI 405
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Charles LaPorte

Syllabus Description:

Course Description: This course will serve as a general introduction to Romanticism in British literature between 1765 and 1830. It will focus on two particular literary responses to the Enlightenment: the emergence of Gothic fiction and the Romantic cult of Nature. Please expect to read four novels as well as healthy amounts of poetry and nonfiction prose.


Learning objectives for this course will include the following:

To gain a deeper insight into and appreciation for English literary and cultural expression of the Romantic age, including fiction, poetry, and non-fiction.

To understand some of the politics and technologies that facilitated literary production during the Romantic period.

To better appreciate the importance of national and transnational contexts for literary and cultural works.

To be able to produce a historically nuanced close reading (explication de texte) of a given literary object.

To enhance analytical, interpretative, and argumentative skills for discussing and writing about cultural objects.


Catalog Description: 
Literary, intellectual, and historical ferment of the period from the French Revolution to the 1830s. Readings from major authors in different literary forms; discussions of critical and philosophical issues in a time of change.
GE Requirements: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Last updated: 
January 10, 2018 - 10:50pm