ENGL 225 Fall 2012 Romanticism and Modernism (W)

In the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, literature written in English participated in two international aesthetic movements, Romanticism and Modernism, respectively. While Modernism is often thought to mark a decisive break with Romanticism--in part because both movements presented themselves as "new," a radical departure from what had gone before--there are important continuities and affinities as well as breaches between the two movements. This course will investigate the nature of Romanticism and Modernism, and the relation between them. We will study major works from each period, including polemics, poetry, novels, and short stories. Our Romantic writers will be primarily British, and will include Wordsworth, Coleridge, Percy and Mary Shelley; Modernist writers will include a more international cast of characters: Wilde, the French Symbolist poets, along with Pound, Stein, Williams, and several Harlem Renaissance writers. We will explore each movement's engagement with a range of topics and issues: for example, the subjective experience of time and memory; the nature of symbolization and the role of "feeling" in art; the relation of the individual mind to social life; the conflicted appeal for the artist of "common" language and experience, on the one hand, and avant-garde forms of expression, on the other. Our broader aim will be to invite potential English majors to think critically about the principles that underlie the ordering of literary history into aesthetic movements and "periods."
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: class discussion; four or five short essays, including at least one revision
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Prerequisites: a 100-level English course, or a score of 5 on the Advanced Placement examination in English Literature or a 6 or 7 on the International Baccalaureate
Enrollment Preference: sophomores intending to major in English
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Divisional Attributes: Division I,Writing Intensive
Other Attributes: ENGL 200-level Gateway Courses,ENGL Literary Histories C
Enrollment Limit: 19
Expected Enrollment: 19
Class Number: 1590
ENGL225-01(F) SEM Romanticism and Modernism (W) Division 1: Languages and the ArtsWriting Intensive Karen E. Swann
MR 2:35 PM-3:50 PM Griffin 4 1590
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