English Pre-Romantics

English 317
Autumn 2000

Jack Lynch

A favorite way to look at literary history is to contrast the stuffy "neoclassical" eighteenth century with the exciting "Romantic" period that followed it. English 317 will reconsider this simple opposition by tracing the prehistory of the English Romantic movement through a great age of literary experimentation. Works will include Gray's "Elegy," Godwin's Caleb Williams, Wollstonecraft's Vindication of the Rights of Woman, Blake's Marriage of Heaven and Hell, and Wordsworth and Coleridge's Lyrical Ballads. Two mid-length papers, four OED exercises, and a short final exam.