ENGH 202: Texts and Contexts

ENGH 202-DL2: Romantic Selves
(Fall 2023)


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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Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Studies literary texts within the framework of culture. Examines texts within such categories as history, gender, sexuality, religion, race, class, and nation. Notes: Builds on reading and writing skills taught in ENGH 101. May be repeated within the term.
Mason Core: Literature
Specialized Designation: Topic Varies
Recommended Prerequisite: 3 credits of 100-level English.
Schedule Type: Lec/Sem #1, Lec/Sem #2, Lec/Sem #3, Lec/Sem #4, Lec/Sem #5, Lec/Sem #6, Lec/Sem #7, Lec/Sem #8, Lec/Sem #9, Lecture, Sem/Lec #10, Sem/Lec #11, Sem/Lec #12, Sem/Lec #13, Sem/Lec #14, Sem/Lec #15, Sem/Lec #16, Sem/Lec #17, Sem/Lec #18
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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