Course Blog for ENGL 230: Nineteenth-Century British Literature (Fall 2017)
“The long nineteenth century” is a term that some scholars have used to remap our course's literary-historical period, the origins and endings of which have been dated to different landmark events such as the beginning of the French Revolution (1789), the publication of Lyrical Ballads (1798), the beginning of WWI (1914), and the death of Queen Victoria (1901). The idea behind this class blog is to stretch the term a bit further so as to consider the afterlives and resonances of Romantic and Victorian literature in our own contemporary culture. What themes, tropes, formal innovations, and ideas of nineteenth-century British literature remain vital today? What cultural texts of the last few decades contain elements of Romanticism or Victorianism or both?