E 329R l The Romantic Period Instructor: Lau, T Unique #: 35495 Semester: Spring 2019 Cross-lists: n/a Areas: E Flags: n/a Restrictions: n/a Computer Instruction: n/a Prerequisites: Nine semester hours of coursework in English or rhetoric and writing. Description: This course serves as an introduction to the literature, history, and culture of the Romantic period. As a period of revolutions, the Romantic era saw major upheavals in political, scientific, philosophical, economic, and aesthetic thinking. We will consider the transformative effects of “revolution” from the French Revolution to the Industrial Revolution. Romantic literature courses typically feature six male poets or “the big six”: Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron, Shelley, and Keats. The goal of this class will be to explore beyond this canon in terms of both genre and gender. We will read not only poetry but also novels and Romantic drama, as well as the work of female writers like Charlotte Smith, Mary Robinson, and Jane Austen. Texts: The Broadview Anthology of British Literature, Volume 4: The Age of Romanticism (ISBN: 978-1-55481-311-7) Jane Austen, Persuasion (Norton Critical Edition, ed. Patricia Meyer Spacks, ISBN: 978-0-393-91153-4) * Please use these specific editions. Pages listed in the syllabus will refer to these editions. They can be purchased at the UT Co-Op and are widely available on Amazon or other online sellers. **Additional readings will be made available on Canvas. Requirements & Grading: 1. Participation/Attendance: 10% • Your success in this class will depend on your consistent attendance of class and keeping up with the reading. Each student is to be on time, have read the material in advance of the class, and have the readings on hand at each session. Participation is not only contributing your ideas but also being prepared and present during class sessions. We are here to build a classroom community, and we can only do this if we commit to learning together each week. • Attendance will be taken at each class via a sign-in sheet. You may miss up to five classes before it impacts your grade. After that, all absences will drop your grade by three numerical points (i.e. 92 becomes an 89 on absence #4, 86 after #absence #5). However, I try to be accommodating with student absences, especially if you let me know in advance. I recognize that we all experience challenges during the academic year, so please contact me if you need to miss class or have significant issues you are struggling with. Should you miss class, you are responsible for getting lecture notes and other missed material from classmates. 2. Weekly discussion posts: 30% • Because the class is so large, it can be difficult to have discussions entirely in the classroom. In order to hear from each of you and to ensure everyone is keeping up with the reading, you will be required to write a 200-300 word discussion post on any of the readings for that week. There is no strict format for these posts. Think of these discussion posts as opportunities to ask questions about the texts or a place to share your ideas and impressions. What interested you about the material
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