Section Information for Fall 2023
Our present memoir-mad, confessional, and celebrity-obsessed culture had its counterpart in late 18th- and early 19th-century Britain, in the literary period known as Romanticism. In that revolutionary era, writers experimented with new ways to narrate the self—and in the process, they created new ways of imagining who we are as selves, and how we come to be ourselves. And many of these writers had gripping stories to tell of lives that challenged norms. This course explores Romantic-era autobiographical writing in a variety of genres, from tell-all confessions to poetry to diaries, along with some fiction also imagining “romantic” selves. Writers we encounter might include Olaudah Equiano, Lord Byron, Mary Shelley, Thomas de Quincey, Jane Austen, and Anne Lister.
ENGH 202-DL2 is an online asynchronous section.
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