ENGL 331 Fall 2014 Romantic Natures

Cross Listed as ENVI331
A seminar on the role of nature in British Romanticm. Romantic Literature is conventionally associated with the turn to nature, a convention that is well supported by the breathtaking landscapes and verdant microcosms that populate much of its poetry and prose. But what motivated this Romantic turn to nature, and how does it shape and or react to broader political, social and economic developments in the late Eighteenth- and early Nineteenth-centuries? Is the Romantic turn to nature a turn away from culture and politics, or is the relationship between nature and culture that Romantic texts reflect more complicated? Is Romantic nature of historical interest only, or might Romantic conceptions of nature offer us tools for confronting today's ecological dilemmas? We will consider such questions primarily through readings of the poetry and prose of canonized Romantic authors such as Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron, Mary and Percey Shelley, Keats, and Smith. We will also consider relevant excerpts from philosophical conceptions of nature that influenced British Romanticism, and developments in contemporary art and "eco-criticism" that arguably inherit, question, and transform Romantic conceptions of nature.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: three papers (one 4 pages, one 6 pages, and one 8-10 pages) and one presentation
Additional Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis
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Prerequisites: a 100-level ENGL course, or a score of 5 on the AP English Literature exam, or a score of 6 or 7 on the Higher Level IB English exam
Enrollment Preference: none
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Divisional Attributes: Division I
Other Attributes: ENGL Literary Histories B,ENVI Humanities, Arts + Social Science Electives,ENVI Environmental Policy
Enrollment Limit: 25
Expected Enrollment: 25
Class Number: 1600
ENGL 331 - 01 (F) SEM Romantic Natures Division 1: Languages and the Arts Walter Johnston
MR 2:35 PM-3:50 PM Clark Hall 205 1600
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