Romantic Literature
English 4500

Spring 2012
Park Hall 144,
Tuesdays and Thursdays 12:30-1:45

Dr. Roxanne Eberle
240 Park Hall
542-1261 (Office Phone)

Office Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays 2:00-3:00,
and by appointment

English 4500 is an introduction to the poetry, prose, and fiction of the British Romantic Period (1789-1830). Writers working during this literary era include William Blake, William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Mary Wollstonecraft, Jane Austen, Lord Byron, John Keats, and the Shelleys. Throughout the semester we will be examining the intricacies of poetic and novelistic form, even as we explore Romantic literature in the context of its historical production. How were the essays, poems, plays, and novels of the Romantics shaped by events of the day -- events which included the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars? More importantly, perhaps, we will explore the ways in which Romantic-era authors sought to shape history through their art. After all, Percy Bysshe Shelley believed that poets were the "unacknowledged legislators of the World." Throughout the semester we will be examining what Romantic-era authors hoped to "legislate" through their writing.

Announcements (April 24, 2012)

description of the final is now posted.

Please take some time to complete a course evaluation for English 4520.Here is the link.

Class Schedule

Course Expectations: Texts and Requirements

Poetry Reports

Novel Reports

Poetry Terms

Important Dates: Romantic Literature (1789-1830)

The BBC Interactive Timeline

Romantic Chronology

Ecellent Internet Resources

UGA Library's Galileo Database Archive (the OED and Oxford Dictionary of National Biography are both very useful)

Encyclopedia Mythica

Romantic Circles

The Voice of the Shuttle

The Regency Fashion Page

Fictional Representations of the Romantics and Romanticism