English 103B—Lecture 1

The Late Enlightenment and the Origins of British Romanticism

  1. The Course: British Literature from 1789 to 1900.
    1. The Point of a Survey Course
    2. Course Objectives
    3. Course Requirements
    1. Two Essays, in proper MLA style.
    2. A Midterm and a Final.
    3. Attendance and Participation.
    4. Your Professor and the TAs
  1. The Age of Reason? René Descartes (1596-1650) and Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679)
    1. The Unreasonable Past
    2. British Social and Economic Conditions, Reasonable and Unreasonable
    3. British Political Theory and British Empricism: John Locke (1632-1704)
  1. The Other Side of the Channel: French Social and Economic Conditions
  2. What is Romanticism?
    1. From Religion and Politics to Poetry and Art
    2. The Importance of Romanticism