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English 202 - The Romantic Period

English 202 - The Romantic Period - I The Romantic Period...

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I. The Romantic Period, 1785-1830 The literary period defined by the publication of poems by Robert Burns, William Blake, and Charlotte Smith in the 1780s and the end of productivity of eighteenth-century authors by 1830 A. The French Revolution 1. Began in 1789 with storming of the Bastille 2. Writers of responses epitomize British social thinking Price, Burke, Wollstonecraft, Paine 3. Revolutionary spirit in England a. Early promise of hope b. Later fear and repression B. From agricultural to industrial production 1. Enclosure and landscape 2. Shifts in community C. Gender Issues 1. Ideas of gender shaped by social, political, and economic changes a. production, shift away from home industry b. war, need for a standing army c. revolution, claims about rights and equality of all men D. The Spirit of the Age 1. Revolt, rebellion, revolution 2. Literary responses a. experimentation in form and content b. imaginative and intellectual climate E. Nonfiction prose 1. Romantic period is usually known for poetry 2. Nonfiction prose flourished and saw major shifts
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