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Raymond Williams' 18th-Century

ENGL 7480.301
Thursday 1:45-4:44pm


Raymond Williams invited literary critics to consider the large-scale social and economic transitions, particularly in land relations, that were crucial to the formation of the literary culture of eighteenth-century Britain. His scholarship also attended to through the formal and literary mediations that allow us to generate a vital sense of that historical moment. This course will begin its study of eighteenth-century Britain from Williams’ point of view while also considering key topics in literary studies that have gained currency since then, including postcolonial, affect, and environmental studies. Readings will include Williams’ The Country and the CityMarxism and Literature, and selected essays, along with eighteenth-century literary texts across key genres of poetry, drama, the novel, and travel writing.