Instructor: Carlson T/R 2:00pm-3:20pm
Frankenstein at 200
In this course we will explore the experimental literature of the Romantic period in Britain (1789-1832), a period of sexual, political, and social revolution and new forms of cultural experience and expression that together gave rise to modern life and literature. We will sample a wide range of genres, from the satirical cartoon and opium-induced confession to the Gothic novel and abolition narrative, while examining the various contexts that inform them: new scientific understandings about the nature of life and operation of the senses; the rise of industrialization, growth of cities, and “discovery” of nature; the ravages of slavery and colonial and European wars; the discourse of human, women, and animal rights; the proliferation of print and “boom” in reading. Writers may include Mary Wollstonecraft, Mary Shelley, John Keats, Lord Byron, Thomas De Quincey, William Wordsworth, Jane Austen, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, John Clare, and William Blake, among others. The course will develop close-reading skills and encourage cultural curiosity and inquiry.