ENG 325: Romantic Literature


Dr. Castellano 3 credits

          The theme of this course will be “The Romantic Countryside.” Proto-romantic representations of the countryside by writers such as Burke, Gilpin, Goldsmith, Gray, and Crabbe will introduce aesthetic themes such as the sublime and picturesque as well as address economic and labor issues arising from the spread of agricultural capitalism. After this introduction, major Romantic texts about the countryside, Wordsworth and Coleridge’s Lyrical Ballads, Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park, and William Cobbett’s Rural Rides, will be read alongside minor regionalist texts in order to investigate the ideological and aesthetic strategies that characterize Romantic representations of England’s “green and pleasant land.” We will end the course with a contemporary representation of the English countryside in Roger Scruton’s News from Somewhere.

Required Course Texts: (Please note that these exact editions are required; do not substitute.)
Wordsworth and Coleridge, Lyrical Ballads 1790 and 1800 (Broadview: 1551116006)
Jane Austen, Mansfield Park (Norton Critical Edition: 0393967913)
Maria Edgeworth, The Absentee (Penguin Classics: 0140436456)
John Clare, Major Works (Oxford: 0199549796)
Roger Scruton, News from Somewhere (Continuum: 0826490913)

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