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Romantic Revolutions

ENGL 050.001
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This introductory course explores the literature of the Romantic period through the lens of global war, commerce, and cultural contact. We will think about how Britain's place in the world was debated and reimagined during this turbulent time, and about how Romantic authors produced new ways of seeing the world through their imaginative revisions of global history and geography and their production of alternative pasts and futures. Authors will include William Wordsworth, John Keats, Jane Austen, Lord Byron, Mary Wollstonecraft, Mary Shelley, and Olaudah Equiano. Throughout the semester, we will discuss major literary forms and aesthetic innovations of the period, as well as literature's deep engagement with issues such as the abolition of slavery, British colonial governance in India, and the Industrial Revolution.