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Fall 2017-2018
ENG 550   No Pass/D/Fail

The Romantic Period - Chameleon Poets: Posture and Imposture in the Romantic Age

Esther H. Schor

"What shocks the virtuous philosopher, delights the camelion poet," wrote Keats, while Byron declared that "there's a sure market for imposture." Even as the Romantics cultivated the posture of poetic authenticity, they also invented avatars, disguises, doppelgangers, shape-shifters and shameless frauds. In readings of Wordsworth, Byron, Keats, Hemans, Robinson, Equiano, Hogg, and Scott, we explore the dialectic between posture and imposture in the Romantic age as an allegory of form, a theater of the self, and a triumph of Romantic irony. Discussion frequently focuses on approaches to teaching these texts.

Sample reading list:
Wordsworth and Coleridge, Lyrical Ballads
Byron, Don Juan
Hogg, Confessions of a Justified Sinner
Hemans, Records of Woman
Keats, Odes, Romances, Fall of Hyperion
Scott, Redgauntlet

Requirements/Grading:
Other (See Instructor) - 100%

Other Requirements:
Open to Graduate Students Only.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
22130 S01 7:30 pm - 10:20 pm T        Enrolled:0 Limit:15