ENGL 331 Spring 2013 Romantic Nature

Cross Listed as ENVI331
"Nature" is a central concern of British Romantic-era writing, which engages and celebrates sublime prospects, tucked-away violets and field mice, bird song, stinging frosts and glorious morns. Indeed, "nature" could be said to have been invented, or at least constructed anew, in this period, partly in response to the ecological crises brought on by the rapid industrialization and imperial expansion occurring at the same time. This course will examine Romantic-era constructions of nature and the natural world; we will also attend to how these constructions have shaped our current environmental and ecological concerns and discourses. Primary readings will include texts by Jean Jacques Rousseau, William Blake, Charlotte Smith, Dorothy and William Wordsworth, Mary and Percy Shelley, John Clare, and at least some contemporary environmental writing; we will also read philosophical and theoretical essays by Edmund Burke, Friedrich Schiller, Michel Serres, Lawrence Buell, Timothy Morton and others.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: active role in shaping class discussion, and thus may be asked to do informal group presentations and/or to post responses to readings before class meetings; two formal essays, 6-8 pgs & 10 pgs, will be due at mid-term & at the end of reading week
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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: English majors and Enviromental studies majors and concentrators
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Divisional Attributes: Division I
Other Attributes: ENGL Literary Histories B
Enrollment Limit: 25
Expected Enrollment: 25
Class Number: 3615
ENGL331-01(S) SEM Romantic Nature Division 1: Languages and the Arts Karen E. Swann
TF 1:10 PM-2:25 PM Hollander 240 3615
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