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Spring 2018-2019
ENG 553   No Pass/D/Fail

Special Studies in the Nineteenth Century - Poetry and the Origin of Language

Meredith A. Martin

In this course, we read 18th- and 19th-century poetry alongside the development of linguistics. We discuss theories of language origin, Indo-European and Proto-Indo-European language theory, comparative philology, and phonetics as a proto-disciplinary tangle and think through how these movements impact our understanding of English prosody and poetry. Roughly covering the period of Hans Aarsleff's classic book From Locke to Saussure, we ask where and how historical discourse in poetics and linguistics intersected and where and how, in the present day, they intersect and diverge.

Sample reading list:
Hans Aarsleff, From Locke to Saussure

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in lieu of Final - 60%
Oral Presentation(s) - 20%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%

Other Requirements:
Open to Graduate Students Only.

Other information:
The course makes use of the resources in the Princeton Prosody Archive.

Reserved Seats:
ENG Graduate Students Only 7

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
41677 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm W        Enrolled:0 Limit:12