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Spring 2018-2019
ENG 550   No Pass/D/Fail

The Romantic Period - Frankenstein at 200: Literature, Science, Ethics

Susan J. Wolfson

200 years on, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus endures as a literary textured cultural fable about identity, science, and narrative agency, with political, cultural, and social consequences. With the novel as our focus, we study selections from Paradise Lost (its epic allusion), Enlightenment science, and Romantic-era intertexts (Coleridge, Wordsworth, P.B Shelley, Byron), a historical analogue (Itard's Wild Boy), and contemporary polemics on the rights of woman and abolition. Also: textual genetics from draft to revision, and visualizations of the Creature, from humanity to monstrosity.

Sample reading list:
Mary Shelley, Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus
Jean Itard, The Wild Boy of Aveyron
Mary Wollstonecraft, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman; The Wrongs of Woman
Mary Wollstonecraft, Maria
John William Polidori, The Vampyre
William Wordsworth, The Prelude Book 1; "Nutting"; "There was a Boy"

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 25%
Paper in lieu of Final - 30%
Oral Presentation(s) - 25%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%

Other Requirements:
Open to Graduate Students Only.

Other information:
Ten pre-seminar posts: thoughts, questions, prospects for discussion. 25 pages in formal essays--either 2 mid-size, or a longer essay, launched, previewed, at midterm. Your posts will shape our discussions, and may be developed into essays. You are invited to bring your period/critical/conceptual interests into your adventures in writing, and into our discussions.

Reserved Seats:
ENG Graduate Students Only 10

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
41660 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm Th        Enrolled:0 Limit:15