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Gottlieb Course Descriptions

English 106 Introduction to Literature: Poetry

This course is a thematic introduction to poetry. For our first three units – on Love, Loss, and Humanity – we will read chronological selections of poetry from some of the greatest and most exciting poets in the English language. The fourth unit focuses on a volume of contemporary poetry by the former Poet Laureate of the United States, Billy Collins.

English 434/534: Studies in Romanticism: Exotic Romanticism

As the British Empire expanded – especially after the Napoleonic Wars – British Romantic writers became increasingly interested in the possibilities afforded by non-English subject matters. On the one hand, the exotic East (especially India) offered the Romantics opportunities for testing the limits of – but also imagining alternatives to – their Western, British values. On the other hand, the Romantics also discovered that Otherness could be found closer to home, in the Celtic margins of Ireland, Scotland and Wales, as well as in the Catholic traditions of their ancestors and southern Europeans. Accordingly, in this course we will examine the ways in which, as Britain rose to become a world power, its writers developed a variety of techniques for representing, negotiating, and containing Otherness. At the same time, however, we will also be on the lookout for moments when Romantic texts fail to contain their Others, resulting in breakdowns, both textual and ideological, that challenge the assumptions of Romanticism as well as the cohesiveness of Britishness itself. Genres to be studied include poetry, the novel, and the essay; authors may include Beckford, Blake, Burke, Byron, Coleridge, Collins, Edgeworth, Hastings, Keats, Mill, Owenson, Radcliffe, Scott, P.B. Shelley, Southey, and Wordsworth.

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