TR 11:00 AM-12:20 PM
“Episodes in Modern Consciousness”
To see a world in a grain of sand,
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand,
And eternity in an hour.
—William Blake, “Auguries of Innocence”
This half of the Survey in English will emphasize the close reading of fiction and poetry of the Romantic, Victorian, and modernist periods. In preparation for an in-depth reading of an experimental modernist novel, such as Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse or Mrs. Dalloway, we will examine literature of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries that registers new ways of thinking, feeling, and being in time; new conceptions of nature and art, the human and the animal; and the effects of political revolution, scientific discovery, urbanization, and industrialization. Texts will likely include Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, a set of Sherlock Holmes stories, poems by William Wordsworth and S.T. Coleridge, engravings by William Blake, prose by Charles Darwin, and a play by Samuel Beckett.