Nineteenth-Century British Poetry

Korea University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Nineteenth-Century British Poetry

  • Host University

    Korea University

  • Location

    Seoul, South Korea

  • Area of Study

    English, Literature, Literatures in English, Poetry

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    None, but good English composition/speaking skills are expected as the course is discussionoriented.
    I will assume that all students taking this course are reasonably proficient in academic, formal
    English, being able to interpret, discuss and write about literary works written in English.

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    This course analyzes representative examples of British poetry of the long nineteenth century?that is, from the era of the French Revolution to the first stirrings of Modernism in the early 1900s. We will consider Romantic and Victorian poetry in their historical and cultural contexts and
    identify the common and distinctive characteristics of the two. Poets considered will include Blake,
    Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron, Shelley, Keats, Hemans, Tennyson, Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning and others.

    Can poetry survive in our modern age?an age, as some might argue, of prose and accelerated social
    change? This is one insistent question that will pursue us throughout this course, as it did the Romantics and Victorians throughout the nineteenth century. Other questions we will pursue include: what debt do we owe to the poetry of the nineteenth century? What effect does a mass market have on poetry, its readership, and its medium? In the course of responding to such questions, this class will come to understand the development of literature and culture from the eighteenth and into the twentieth century. Students will also learn about the major social, cultural, and historical developments of the nineteenth century. Related topics may include the impact of industrialism and imperialism on literature; the evolving?and conflicting? notions of the author; his/her artistic process and work; the place and role of women in culture; the construction of gender in the poetry of the period; changing attitudes towards nature; slavery and colonialism; and the relationship of visual culture to poetry.

    Required Textbook:
    Stephen Greenblatt, et al. ed. The Norton Anthology of English Literature, Vol. 2.
    9th Edition. New York: W. W. Norton, 2012. (ISBN: 978-0393912487 or 978-

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