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Transatlantic Romanticism(s)

ENGL 050.001

Between the 1760s and the 1860s an Atlantic-rim literary phenomenon termed Romanticism occurred. This was not simply a British movement led by a handful of men (Blake, Byron, Coleridge, Shelley, and Wordsworth), but a vast conversation between men and women, Europeans and Americans, blacks and whites. In this class, we will immerse ourselves in the conversations and debates taking place during this time concerning revolution and reform, civilization and nature, gender formation, and slavery and abolition. Among the writers we will read are the five mentioned above, as well as Mary Wollstonecraft, Olympe de Gouges, Margaret Fuller, Quobna Ottobah Cuoano, Phillis Wheately, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, William Apess, Joanna Baillie, Samsom Occom, Mary Prince, Toussaint L’Ouverture, and Lydia Sigourney.

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