Survey of British Literature, Romanticism to Present

English 3210
Section 1
David Read
Tate 111

As the second half of the British Literature survey, this course covers the literary scene in the British Isles between the 1780s and the present—a period, needless to say, of great global change and turmoil in every area of human activity, during which England reached the height of its power as a nation and then saw its massive empire dissolve almost completely—and during which Ireland struggled to free itself from England’s control and become an independent nation. We will touch on the work of a range of familiar figures including Austen, Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Shelley, Keats, Dickens, Tennyson, the Brownings, the Rossettis, Eliot, Woolf, Yeats, Joyce, and Beckett, while also reflecting on the ways that these writers and others attempted to shape the world around them even as the world shaped them. Course requirements typically include three unit tests and three 3-4 page interpretive papers.